As we know that India is the biggest democratic country in the world. To vote is also one of the common features of our democratic country. Voting is a basic legal right of every Indian citizen. Through this we can choose our leader who will be capable to lead our country into new heights. Voting not only enables the citizen to vote for political parties but also helps them to realise the importance of citizenship.
There are people who don't vote and thinks that one vote will not make any change. But if we analyse and see the things, one vote also makes difference. It is our duty to understand and realise the importance of voting. No doubt, our nation's political foundations are built using elections. For voting it is necessary to register your vote. If you have not registered your vote and don't know the process of registration then through this article you can see the steps to register your vote.
First we will see who is eligible to vote?
Eligibility for voting is:
- He or She must be a citizen of India.
- Must have attained 18 years of age on the qualifying date that is 1st January of the year of revision of electoral roll.
- Must be enrolled in the electoral roll of India or the polling area of the Indian constituency where he or she resides.
Let us tell you that under Article -326 of the Constitution of India, Right to vote has been recognized and it states that no person can be denied right to vote if he fulfils the need of Adult Suffrage i.e. he/she is above the age of 18.
How to register to vote in India?
Below process are mentioned to generate your voter Id or to register your vote:
First Step: Fill the Form 6
The first step for registering voter Card is to fill the Form 6. That is citizen can file an application as prescribed in the Form 6, before the Electoral Registration Officer/Assistant Electoral Registration Officer of their constituency.
To file the application there are several ways:
- The application, containing copies of the relevant documents, can be filed in person before the concerned Electoral Registration Officer/Assistant Electoral Registration Officer.
- Also, it can be sent via post to the Booth Level Officer of the polling area or handed over to her or him.
- Online also you can file the application.
Process for applying online:
- Visit National Voter's Service Portal.
- Click ' Apply Online For Registration of New Voter'
- With Form 6 a new window will open.
- Fill the form and submit it.
Second Step: To organise documents or documents required with Form 6
Some basic documents are required to submit it with the Form 6. Also, remember it that before submitting, it is necessary to be attested or certified.
- It is necessary to submit ID proof. Like Passport, Driving License, Pan Card, Student Identification Card.
- A proof of residence or Address proof is also necessary to submit.
To register to vote at the address, it is mandatory that you are living there since six months.
Any of this documentation will serve as address proof:
Bank/Kisan/Post Office current Pass Book,
Income Tax Assessment Order,
Latest rental agreement,
Latest Telephone/Electricity/Gas Connection/ Water Bill for that address, either in the name of the applicant or of his/her immediate relation (parents),
Any mail/ post/letter delivered through Indian Postal Department in the applicant's name at the address of ordinary residence.
Note: If documents as mentioned above are not in your name but are in your landlord's name then in this case he or she can sign an affidavit stating that you stay at the mentioned address. If address proof that you are giving is in your family member's name then it is necessary to prove the relationship, for this a birth certificate is required to prove a relationship to your parents and a marriage certificate if address is registered to your spouse's name.
For Age Proof:
If your age is in between 18 to 22, then it is necessary to submit age verification. And for this any government recognised document will work like:
- Birth certificate issued by the Municipal Authority or District Office of the Registrar of Births and Deaths or Baptism certificate.
- Birth certificate from the Government or recognised school last attended by the applicant or any other recognised educational institution.
- If he/she is 10 class pass student then mark sheet of 10th class will suffice but it should contain date of birth as a proof.
- Even mark sheet of class 5 or 8 will also work if it contains date of birth.
- PAN Card
- Driving License
- Aadhar Card issued by UIDAI
Third Step: Submit Form 6
You have to submit your Form 6 with the certified documents to your nearest ERO (Electoral Registration Officer). After submitting your form you will receive a receipt of submission. Around one month or 45 days time will be taken by the office in giving your status of your voter ID. Either you will get a call or mail for it. If you don’t receive any of this you can directly contact ERO office where you have submitted the form with the receipt that you got during the course of submission.
If Election arrives and you don’t have your Voter ID then also you can cast your vote. , your name is mentioned in the election roll. You just have to carry your Driving License, PAN Card, Passport etc. any one of them according to your suitability.
Also it may happen:
After receiving Form 6, The ERO will display a copy of the form on the notice board inviting objections, if any, within a period of one week. Also, ERO may ask the concerned Booth Level Officer to visit the applicant's residence and verify the information provided in the form. Then, the ERO will order inclusion of name in the electoral roll if Form 6 is complete and no person has raised any kind of objection.
So, in this way as mentioned above the whole process you can register your vote. So, don’t wait, if you have not registered yet then register it. Voting is your legal right, be a responsible citizen and caste your valuable vote.