Maintaining and monitoring elections in the largest democracy in the world is not easy, with the Election Commission of India (ECI) having its task cut out. Ensuring smooth elections is hard, with it even harder for the ECI to ensure that all eligible voters have their names in the electoral list. Given the fact that India’s population is over 1.2 billion, there are a sizeable number of voters in the country, which at last count was around 815 million, or more than twice the population of the United States of America. All these numbers mean that there is scope for error, with the most common one being mistakes in the name of a voter in the electoral roll.
Spelling mistakes or incorrect names can crop up, but the ECI has provided adequate measures to rectify them. Voters who find that their name has been misspelt or is wrong can get their name corrected in the list by following a simple process.
As part of this process, they have introduced online as well as offline application forms and processes.
All applicants have to do is fill out an application form and attach supporting documents, which are to be sent to the electoral office. A detailed set of guidelines is given below.
Individuals who find that their voter ID card has incorrect information pertaining to their name can get it changed online by following a simple procedure, as highlighted below:
The ECI will verify the information and incorporate the relevant changes if all information is accurate.
The Election Commission of India has introduced an online application process to change or edit names in a voter’s ID card. The process is listed below:
You can change or correct your name as mentioned in your voter’s ID card by submitting an application form and supporting documents.
The form to be submitted is Form 8, which can be downloaded from the Chief Electoral Officer for your state’s website. It is also available at all electoral offices in the country.
You can also fill and submit the form online, which is available on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer for your state/Union Territory.
You will have to provide information such as your name and contact details, your voter ID card number, constituency details as well as the documents mentioning the changed or corrected name.
Form 8 is the application for corrections of particular details on the electoral roll. After you download the application form, make changes and submit it, you will be able to see the changes in the next voters list.
A voter ID card is a document that can be used for many purposes. Its primary aim is to serve as an identity document for an individual who is participating in the electoral process. It can also be used as proof of identity as well as proof of address for everything from buying a flight ticket to registering for a loan. This makes it a vital document that has multiple uses, making it important for individuals to ensure that all the information it contains is correct and updated.
During the course of processing the voter ID application, there could be errors in the name printed on the document. If there are any errors in your name as mentioned in your voter’s ID card, you should get the same rectified as soon as possible to avoid any difficulty later.
Individuals may also choose to change their names, with women often taking their husband’s name after marriage. This name change should be reflected in the voter’s ID card as soon as possible.