Voter ID in Karnataka

One of the most important aspects of democracy is the participation of citizens in the Government. India is the largest democracy in the world and has the most number of voters when compared to other countries. Voting is not only the right of every citizen but is also their duty. But, given a country as populous as India, conducting an election is never an easy task. During elections, there have been instances of malpractices and vote rigging. Hence, to make things easier for citizens and to ensure the essence of democracy is maintained, the Government of India introduced Voter ID cards. These cards act as an identification for all eligible voters and is issued by the Election Commission of India. Though the main purpose of voter ID card is to prevent frauds during election and to improve accuracy, they also act as identification proof for other purposes.

In Karnataka, citizens can easily apply for inclusion in electoral roll and deletion or modification online through the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka. With over 225 assembly constituencies and 28 parliamentary constituencies, elections in Karnataka are conducted in accordance in Constitution of India. Citizens can apply for a Voter ID card online in Karnataka easily and exercise their duty during elections.

Karnataka Elections 2019
Karnataka Elections 2019

How to Apply for Voter ID Online in Karnataka

A candidate can apply for a new Voter ID online in Karnataka through the website offered by the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka.

Here are the steps given below to apply online for a new Voter ID in Karnataka:

  • Visit the website of CEO Karnataka. In the homepage, you will be asked to register if you are a new user. You will have to specify name and email id and the login details will be sent to your phone via SMS.
  • Once you have logged in, select the option to apply for a fresh Voter ID. You will be asked to fill the Form 6 completely for the inclusion of your details in the electoral roll.
  • In Form 6, you will have to provide information like place of birth, spouse’s name, parent’s name, age, present address and also the details of other family members whose name have already been included in the electoral roll.
  • You will also have to upload all necessary documents on the site including photographs and KYC documents.
  • Once all this is done, you can submit the application form after which a reference number will be provided. Using this reference number, you can make enquiries regarding the application for your new Voter ID.
  • Once the application is reviewed, the Booth Level Officers (BLOs) will visit your residence to check the details and will further process your application. Once your application is approved, the Voter ID will be sent to your residential address.

How to Apply for Voter ID Offline in Karnataka

If you are not familiar with the online process of applying for a new voter ID or would like to file a Voter ID application in person, follow the steps given below:

  • In the offline process, you can visit the nearest Karnataka state Election Office and procure Form 6. After you have received the Form 6, you must enter all details like your name, place of birth, spouse’s name, parent’s name, residential address, talku & constituency and also information about other family members whose name is already present in the electoral roll.
  • Also, depending on if you want to include your name or make changes, you must submit different forms. The form numbers with their purposes is given below.
    • Form 6 - Application for inclusion of name in electoral roll after the draft publication of roll
    • Form 7 - Application form for objection to include a name in electoral roll
    • Form 8 - Application form for correction of details in electoral roll
    • Form 8 A - Application form for transposition of an entry in the electoral roll
  • You must also submit other documents like address proof, age proof and photograph with Form 6. Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed and BLOs (Booth Level Officers’) will visit your residence to verify if the information that you have mentioned is correct.
  • Also, to ensure that all eligible voters receive an Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) or Voter ID card, the Election Commission of India (ECI) organizes frequent drives at Designated Photographic Locations (DPIs). Such drives are announced and advertised in all popular media channels. You can make use of such drives conducted by ECI to get a new Voter ID without any hassles.

How to track status in Karnataka

Tracking Voter ID Status Online

To check your status online, visit the Karnataka CEO website You can check your status using the following information:

  • Select your district
  • Enter your phone number
  • Click on “Search” to generate your results

Tracking Voter ID status via SMS

To check if your name has been included in the Electoral Roll, you can send the following SMS.

  • KAEPIC Voter Card No to 9243355223 .

Calling on the Dedicated ECI Helpline Number

You can call the ECI Helpline number 1950 toll free. The helpline is available on all working days between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

How to Apply for Duplicate Voter ID in Karnataka

In case you have lost your Voter ID card or it has been stolen, you must immediately file a complaint and get a new one lest your card might be misused.

The steps given below elucidate the procedure of getting a duplicate Voter ID in Karnataka:

  • Once you have found that your Voter ID card has been lost or stolen, you must immediately file a complaint at the nearest police station and have to file a FIR.
  • At the police station, you will have to submit a letter mentioning the loss of card with details like the name on Voter ID, date of loss, place of loss and Voter ID card number.
  • After the FIR has been filed, you have to secure the Form 002 issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI) which will help you get a duplicate Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC).
  • With the Form 002, you will also have to submit KYC documents like address proof and identity proof. All documents must be submitted at the nearest Election Commission Office.
  • The application for duplicate Voter ID will be reviewed and if found genuine, the duplicate Voter ID card will be issued and sent to your residence.

Process of Voter ID Card Correction Online in Karnataka

It is the duty of every voter to ensure that the information mentioned in the Voter ID is correct since the Voter ID acts as an identity proof. If you happen to find that your date of birth, photograph or name has been mentioned incorrectly in the Voter ID, you can get it changed online with no difficulty.

Given below are the steps to make corrections in your Voter ID online in Karnataka:

  • Visit the web portal of Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka. In the homepage, you will have to use your credentials to login.
  • After you have logged in, select your district and Assembly Constituency. Also, you can check your Assembly Constituency in Bangalore by selecting your ward.
  • You will be asked to re-enter the particulars in Form 8. You will also have to input your Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) number.
  • Also, details like name, date of birth, photo, parent’s name and spouse’s name will be asked.
  • You will have to upload the supporting documents. For example, if you have to correct the name, you must upload identity proof documents like PAN card or passport.
  • Once this form is submitted and reviewed by the Election Officers’, a new Voter ID with the changes specified will be sent to your home address.

Process of Voter ID Card Correction Offline in Karnataka

Your Voter ID card must have the correct information about your date of birth, name, age and photograph since it acts as your identity.

You can get the details entered in the voter ID changed to correct information by following the steps given here:

  • Fill the Form 8 completely by entering the correct information. Form 8 is designed by the Election Commission of India for correcting the details mentioned in the Voter ID.
  • You will have to provide the right documents for supporting the change in Voter ID. For example, for a candidate wishing to change the surname after marriage, she must present the marriage certificate.
  • Also, the original copy of the existing voter ID must be submitted at the Election Commission Office along with other documents and Form 8.
  • The application for change of particulars in the Voter ID in Karnataka will be reviewed and new Voter ID will be issued.

Process of Change of Address in Voter ID online in Karnataka

If you have moved to a new city or a new assembly constituency or if the address has been mentioned incorrectly in the Voter ID, you must apply for a change of address in Voter ID and ensure that the address always stays correct.

In Karnataka, address in Voter ID can be changed easily with the online portal:

  • Visit the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka’s website. In the home page, log on to the portal using the credentials.
  • Select the form for “Transposing your name in the electoral roll”. After this, you will be required to enter details about your Assembly Constituency and district.
  • Form 8 A will be displayed which is for transposition of entry in electoral roll by correcting the entry. You will be asked to enter a few details in the form like name, date of birth, address etc.
  • You will have to input the new address as well as the old address in the form 8 A.
  • Once you submit the form, you will receive an application. Your application will be reviewed and the new Voter ID will be sent to your home address.

Process for Change of Address in Voter ID offline in Karnataka

If you are not familiar with the process of filling up the Form 8 A for transposition of entry online, you can change your address offline also.

The steps given below describe how to change your address in a Voter ID offline in Karnataka:

  • Procure form 8 A and completely fill it. Form 8 A is designed by the Election Commission of India for correcting the address in Voter ID.
  • Submit the form 8 A at the nearest Election Commission Office (ECO) with all supporting documents like ration card and passport.
  • Once your application is reviewed, the new Voter ID will be sent to your residential address.

Karnataka Election Commission

The State Election Commission of Karnataka came into existence in May 1993 following the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Constitution of India. The State Election Commission of Karnataka is an independent entity which is responsible for the smooth conduct of elections to various types of rural local bodies, namely, taluka panchayats, zilla panchayats and grama panchayats. The election commission of Karnataka is also responsible for holding elections to urban local bodies such as city municipal councils, municipal corporations, town panchayats and town municipal councils.

The State Election Commission of Karnataka supervises elections to local bodies as per the provisions of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act 1976, Karnataka Municipalities Act 1964 and Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act 1993. Furthermore, election commission under the Karnataka local authorities prohibition of defection act 1987, can order an enquiry on complaints against members of zilla panchayat and taluk panchayat. The election commission of Karnataka also has the power to disqualify members of zilla panchayat and taluk panchayat in case they fail to attend more than three meetings. The election commission is primarily responsible for the enforcement of the model code of conduct across the state of Karnataka during elections.

P.N. Sreenivasachary is the current state election commissioner of Karnataka. S. Honnamba is the secretary of the state election commission while Chandra Shekar R., R. Kavitha Rani and Nagaraju. N.R are all under secretaries.

Rules and Acts

The various rules and acts which have to be followed by the state election commission of Karnataka are listed in the table below:

Rural local bodies Urban local bodies
The Karnataka Panchayat Raj (Conduct of Election) Rules, 1993 The Karnataka Municipalities Act, 1964
The Karnataka Local Authorities (Prohibition of Defection) Act, 1987 The Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976
The Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act, 1993 The Karnataka Municipalities (Election of Councillors) Rules, 1977
- The Karnataka Municipal Corporation (Election)Rules, 1979

Karnataka Elections 2019

The Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka are scheduled to be held in two different phases. The dates of the polling are April 18 and April 23. The results of the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 in Karnataka were as follows:

Name of political party Number of seats won
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 17
Indian National Congress 9
Janata Dal Secular (JDS) 2

Political facts about Karnataka

There are three major political parties in Karnataka. These are the Indian National Congress (INC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal Secular (JDS). Currently, a coalition of Janata Dal United and Indian National Congress is in power in the state.

Chief minister of Karnataka

The current chief minister of Karnataka is HD Kumaraswamy of Janata Dal Secular (JDS).

Election commissioner of Karnataka

The current election commissioner of Karnataka is Sanjiv Kumar.

News About Voter ID in Karnataka

  • EC lays down reasons for holding by-election in Karnataka

    The Election Commission of India (ECI) has recently issued a statement explaining the reason for holding by-elections in Karnataka but not Andhra Pradesh. The matter has become controversial because of the election commission’s decision to hold elections in 3 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana but not in Andhra Pradesh where 5 Lok Sabha seats do not have any MPs. The EC has said that the elections in Karnataka are being held after following the Representation of the People’s Act, 1951. The statement by the EC was issued in press release.

    In the press release, the EC was represented by the Under Secretary, Pawan Diwan who said that Section 151A makes it mandatory for EC to fill the vacancies in the house of parliament and state legislative assemblies within six months of it being vacant. However for the by-election to be conducted, the term of the elected member on the seat should be equivalent to one year or greater than it. In Karanataka, the by-elections are supposed to be held in the constituencies of Ballari, Shimoga and Mandya. These seats became vacant in the month of May. The seats in Andhra Pradesh became vacant in the month of June so the EC still has some time to conduct the elections.         

    11 October 2018

  • Elections for 105 urban bodies in Karnataka to be held on August 29

    The elections for 105 urban bodies in Karnataka to be held on August 29. Out of the 105 urban bodies where elections are to be held, 70  lie in North Karnataka. With the coalition of Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress in power, it is unclear as to whether they will contest these elections together like they did in 2006 when they were in power or separately. As per the state Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao, the parties have not decided on the matter yet and will announce the decision after a meeting takes place between the two.

    Govind Kajarol who is the vice president of Karnataka BJP said that the only two parties that that will tussle for power during these elections are be BJP and Congress as the Janata Dal (Secular) does not have any stronghold in those areas. With most of the urban bodies in which elections are to take place are located in Northern Karnataka where a feeble but significant protest for a separate state is in progress, a shutdown has been caused and is going to be a significant factor in the elections.   

    8 August 2018

  • Karnataka government issues braille EPIC card to voters with vision loss

    The election commission announced that it will launch braille Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) card to millions of voters that suffer from vision loss earlier this month and the Karnataka government has followed  the same path and issued EPIC to 3 voters who suffer from vision loss for trial. The names of these three voters and the constituency to which they belonged were Irrapa Hejgar in Belgavi, Basavraj from Jewargi in Kalburgi and Vina from Harihar respectively. The EPIC voting cards will be applicable for the aforementioned people in the 2019 general elections. All the three voters also voted in the legislative assembly elections earlier this year.

    The issuance of braille EPIC card to voters with vision loss is just one part of the initiative started by the election commission to end discrimination against specially abled voters. Other initiatives taken by the election commission for the same include launching an app solely for the aid of specially abled voters. The app will allow access to election related materials in the form that could be read and understood by them. For voters who have hearing disabilities, the election commission is also planning to install sign language windows which will enlighten the voters about the election commission.     

    30 July 2018

  • Karnataka Elections: Jayanagar Assembly elections sees 55% voter turnout

    Voting for Jayanagar Assembly Constituency in Karnataka's Bengaluru took place on Monday. The voter turnout was clocked at 55% for the elections that were countermanded after the death of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate BN Vijayakumar few days before the May 12 Assembly polls. The Assembly seat is witnessing a direct contest between BJP and Congress after JD(S) pulled out its candidate. Over 2 lakh voters are eligible to cast their votes at the 216 polling booths set up in seven wards in the constituency. The other candidates in the constituency include Soumya Reddy of the Congress, daughter of senior Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy, and Kalegowda of the Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S). BJP has fielded deceased BN Vijayakumar's brother BN Prahalad. In all, nineteen candidates were in the fray. The votes will be counted on Wednesday.

    11 June 2018

  • BS Yeddyurappa alleges of irregularities in Karnataka elections

    Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has written a letter to the Election Commission alleging irregularities in the recent Karnataka assembly elections. Yeddyurappa’s letter to the Chief Election Commission O.P Rawat was sent after cases of VVPAT machines were found from a shed in Vijayapur district of Karnataka. In his letter, he alleged of a nexus between the officials of the Election Commission and the Congress-JD(S) alliance.

    It needs to be mentioned that Sanjiv Kumar, the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka had informed that only the boxes which carried the VVPAT machines were found in the shed. He stated that VVPAT machines are electronically monitored and can be tracked with the help of the six-digit barcode, which consists of one alphabet and five numerals. He went on to add that the boxes found in Vijayapur did not have the six-digit code.

    23 May 2018

  • 9,756 voter IDs seized at an apartment are being handed over to its holders

    Officials of the Election Commission will be going door-to-door and hand over the seized voter IDs from an apartment in Jalahalli to the respective holders in Rajarajeshwari constituency. This was informed by Sanjiv Kumar, the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka. A team of around 50-60 officers from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), some from the revenue department along with other officials have been deployed to carry out the process as mentioned by M.Maheshwar Rao, the commissioner of BBMP. CEO Sanjiv Kumar has said that if the voter is not a home to receive the voter ID during the visit of the officers they would need to collect it themselves from the BBMP’s zonal office. It needs to be mentioned that the election commission in order to gain the confidence of the voters will provide new voter slips that would contain the polling booth details and the new date of voting. The fresh date of voting in Rajarajeshwari constituency is May 28.

    21 May 2018

  • EC clears the result for Hubbali-Dharwad (central) assembly segment

    Late on Tuesday, the Election Commission (EC) cleared the result for Hubbali-Dharwad (central) assembly segment. The result which saw Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Jagadish Shettar win was held up over the issue of mock slips not being cleared from the control unit of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). This was informed by A.V Surya Sen, the Joint Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka.

    Shettar, who was the Chief Minister of the state from 2012-2013 prevailed over Congress candidate Mahesh Nalwad by a margin of 20,944 votes. It needs to be mentioned that out of the 222 assembly segments that went for polls on May 12, BJP won 104 seats, Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) secured 78 and 37 seats each while others won 3 seats.

    16 May 2018

  • Karnataka chief electoral officer denies recovering ballot in Badami constituency

    The Karnataka chief electoral officer, Sanjeev Kumar has quashed rumours regarding the recovery of ballot boxes in a hotel in the constituency of Badami. As per Sanjeev Kumar, two pages on instructions as to how to use the ballot boxes were the only thing that was found in the hotel room. The rumours about the ballot boxes being found in the hotel room had surfaced earlier and a group of members of the Indian National Congress had met with Kumar regarding the same.

    The delegation from Congress also asked for all Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) to be tallied by the election officials as supposed to only one that is tallied on random. Badami is the constituency from which Siddaramaiah, the Chief Minister of Karnataka is contesting the election. In recent elections there have been allegations by opposition parties regarding the EVM voting only for BJP in the last union elections. Reacting to the accusations of the EVM being hacked, the Election Commission had openly challenged anyone to hack the EVM.

    15 May 2018

  • Record 72% Turnout In The Karnataka Assembly Elections

    Voters of Karnataka set a new record by turning up in high numbers to vote for their next government. The State witnesses 72.36% polling in the 2018 Karnataka Assembly Elections which was held on 12 May 2018. The State surpassed its previous best of 71.90% polling in 1978, nearly 40 years ago. In 2013, the assembly elections witnessed 71.45% of the electorate turn up to exercise their vote. Bengaluru witnessed a low turn out, while in other constituencies it ranged between 48% to 60% causing a concern for the Election Commission due to the low turnout in urban areas. The lowest turnout was recorded in the Bengaluru rural region of Dasarahalli which recorded 48.28%, while the highest was recorded at 89.97% in Hoskote. The result of the 2018 Karnataka Elections will be announced on 15 May 2018.

    14 May 2018

  • Election Commission seizes 9,746 fake voter cards under Rajarejeshwari Nagar assembly constituency

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has accused the Congress of trying to derail free and fair polls in Karnataka after 9,746 voter ID cards were seized from a flat under Rajarajeshwari Nagar assembly constituency. The party has even gone ahead and demanded that voting in the constituency which falls under Bengaluru Urban is postponed in light of the recent development.

    Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, who is also the party’s in-charge for the polls in Karnataka stated that with the police recovering five laptops, one printer, around 1 lakh counterfoils of Form 6 as well as the fake voter IDs, a deep rooted conspiracy is highlighted. He pointed fingers at the Congress and ruled out the possibility of his party induging in such activities. He claimed that the flat from where the fake voter IDs and other things were recovered was ‘never’ rented. The minister added that the flat belonged to Manjula Nanjundmuri, who is said to be closely associated with Congress MLA N. Munirathna. Javadekar asked the police and cyber crime department to forensically examine all the proofs of call records and other evidences found.

    It needs to be mentioned that Union Minister Sadanand Gowda while calling Munirathna ‘the kingpin’ has also demanded postponement of elections in the constituency.

    9 May 2018

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