Exercising one’s franchise is every Indian citizen’s right as per the Indian Constitution and to do this, one requires a voter’s ID card. Every Indian citizen above the age of 18 years is permitted to apply for a voter ID/ election card. In addition to allowing an individual to take part in the democratic process, it also serves as valid identification proof for everything from applying for a loan to buying a house. Generally people put off applying for one due to the long drawn out application process.
Earlier, it was possible to apply for a voter’s card only prior to an election, either local or national. However, the Election Commission of India has now made it easier to apply for a voter’s card from the comfort of your home through an online application process.
The online registration process of a new Voter ID is very simple. All you have to do is go to the Election Commission of India (ECI) homepage, the official website for voter registration. The website has everything you would need to know about the election process in India, from electoral rolls to the election schedules for upcoming elections across the country. It also has a list of guidelines for voters and various application forms to register oneself. There are a number of forms, based on the service you wish to avail. These range from name change, inclusion of name in electoral roll for citizens residing in India, as well as separate forms for those who live overseas and members of the armed forces, those in government service, etc. You would have to select the form for new voter registration, which is Form 6.
To find the form you have to select National Voters’ Service Portal on the homepage of ECI website. Under the ‘National Services’ section, click on ‘Apply online for new registration of voter’. This will take you to the online application form.
In short, the steps involved in the online application process are as follows:
Once you submit, you will receive an email on the email address that you have provided. This email will have a link to a personal Voter’s ID page. You will be able to track your voter ID application through this page, and you should receive your Voter ID card in a month from your application.
Voter Registration : Download Election Card Form 6
To apply for a voter ID card online, you would require the following documents:
There are many benefits for voter id online registration. Some of them are mentioned below:
Form 6 is a comprehensive document that gathers all information about the applicant and is divided into sections. At the start of the form, you will have to choose the state or the province you are applying for the voter id card form, and select your constituency from drop-down menus.
The different sections of the online Voter ID form are as follows:
The first section of the form contains information on the applicant’s details. The first column requires you to fill in your name in both English as well as the regional language of your state/province. You would be required to fill in your gender, with a list of options to choose from a drop-down menu. Birth details follow next. Here you would have to fill in your date of birth or your age as on the day you are filling out the form, whichever one is known. You would have to fill in all birth details such as the state you were born in and the district or province. You can fill in the name of the village or town if you wish to.
You would have to fill in the name of either your mother/father/husband/wife, mentioning the individual’s name and surname. You would also have to fill in what relationship you share, such as if the person is your father/mother/husband. This information is to be mentioned in both English as well as the regional language.
The second section deals with your address particulars. In this section, you would have to fill in your house or door number, which is optional. You have to provide the name of your street, locality, road or mohalla. Also compulsory is entering the name of your village or town. After this, you have to enter the name of the post office in your locality. Next, you would have to enter the pin code and the tehsil/ taluka or mandal or thana. After this you have to select your district from a drop down menu. You can choose to fill in your email ID and your mobile number.
The third section is where you would have to enter the details of any family member who is currently registered as a voter in the same electoral constituency. You would have to enter the name of the person, their relationship (whether they are your mother, father or husband), their election photo ID number, also their constituency and serial number as it appears in the electoral rolls of the constituency.
You would also have to upload supporting documents like your photograph, address proof and identity proof.
The fourth section of the form is the declaration. This declaration confirms that you are a citizen of India who resides at the address you have provided in the form. It further states that you have not applied for a voter’s ID card in any other constituency.
The last declaration is one with two options:
You would have to select one of the two options as applicable.
Once you have finished filling up the form, you can choose from the options provided. If you have finished entering all your information, you can select ‘Submit’. In case you wish to continue filling it at a later date, you can select ‘Save’, and complete the form whenever you wish. If you want to erase all the information you have entered, you can select the ‘Reset’ button.
Anyone who is eligible to get a Voter ID card ( any individual who is above the age of 18 years and is a citizen of India) can apply for the Voter ID card online given that they have a stable internet connection.
There are several benefits of applying for a Voter ID card online. Listed below are the advantages of applying for a Voter ID card online:
In order to apply for a Voter ID card online, one has to fill in and submit Form 6. The form can be availed from the official Election Commission of India website.
The Voter ID form is divided into various sections and contains several fields. Listed below are the different sections of the form:
Listed below are the documents required to apply for a Voter ID card online:
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