One of the common accusations that are made on the youngsters in India is that they do not exercise their voting rights. In most cases, the younger generation in our country, even after attending the minimum age required to cast a vote does not have a valid Voter ID Card. Without a valid Voter ID Card, one cannot vote in any elections in India. If one wants a just government, then voting is the first steps in forming such a government.
What is a Voter ID card?
A voter ID card, also known as “Voter Registration Card” or an “Election Card” is issued to an Indian citizen by the Election Commission of India which acts as a proof of his/her citizenship and allows them to cast their votes in this country. This photo identity card helps in improving the accuracy of the electoral roll and to help prevent cases of electoral fraud.
Why you should have a Voter ID card
- It is a form of identity proof which can be used to avail services in this country.
- It allows you to cast your vote in elections.
- It proves that you are an Indian citizen.
- It helps in reducing electoral fraud.
- People with a valid voter ID can avail special offers which are rolled out by the Government of India from time to time. For example, you cannot apply for a ration card in India if you do not have a voter ID.
How to check if your name is already there on the voter list?
If you are not sure if your name is already registered, you can search for your name in voter list by following the below steps:
- Visit your state election commission official website.
- On the homepage of the website, you will find web links to voter lists, click on the respective link. This will be in a PDF format.
- You will see a state-wise electoral roll in the PDF file. Select the state you reside in or the state you registered as a voter.
- Once you click on the link, a new tab will also open in which you can search for your name in the voter list by either entering your voter ID Card number or your full name.
- Enter either your voter ID Card number or your full name and hit “Search”.
- If you are on the voter list, your name will appear.
- If your name does not appear, check if all the information you entered is correct and try again.
- If your name still does not appear, your name is not on the voter list. Please register for a new Voter ID Card.
Apart from letting you cast a vote and choose your government, a Voter ID Card is accepted as a valid identity proof. It is very important to have a Voter ID Card to prove that you are an Indian citizen. Go ahead and get yours today!