Voter ID in Maharashtra

Voting as a process is one of the most important duties of citizens in a democratic state, and it is vital to the success of a state. Voting allows citizens to choose the individuals who will govern their country and enact various policies and procedures that will impact every sphere of public and private life.

However there are many eligible voters who do not exercise their franchise, because of a number of reasons, chief among them being ignorance of the process or a lack of relevant information about the steps and procedures to be followed.

The state of Maharashtra has taken steps to rectify this and holds various programmes and drives to both educate as well as promote the voting process among citizens.

Before casting one’s ballot, individuals first have to get a voter ID card. Considered a long and cumbersome process, the Maharashtra Chief Electoral Officer’s department has streamlined the procedure and made it faster and accessible to all.

How to Apply for A Voter ID Card Online in Maharashtra

The Chief Electoral Officer in Maharashtra has introduced a process of online applications for registering for a voter’s identity card. The procedure to apply for one have also been simplified, making it convenient for individuals to apply no matter where they are. This system also helps save time since they do not have to visit the Electoral Office to collect the necessary forms.

The online process for applying for a voter ID card in Maharashtra is a simple one, as described below:

Voter Id Application Process:

  • Visit the Chief Electoral Officer of Maharashtra’s website(www.ceo.maharashtra.gov.in) at and select the “Online Voter Registration” option from the tab.
  • A page will open up with a list of forms and their descriptions. If you are registering as a new voter, click on Form 6.
  • Fill in the details requested in the form that will be displayed.
  • Upload the necessary documents (photograph, address proof, identity proof) along with the form and click “submit”. You could also fill in a portion of the form and save it to be completed later.
  • If you have filled in all the information as requested, you will receive an application number, which you can use to track the status of your application.
  • Once you have submitted the form, the details will be verified by a Booth Level Officer (BLO) who will visit your home.
  • On successful verification of the details submitted by you, you will be notified and your voter ID card will be sent to your address by post.
Maharashtra Elections 2019
Maharashtra Elections 2019

How to Apply for a Voter ID Card Offline in Maharashtra

Voter ID cards can be applied for offline as well, for those individuals who not have access to internet facilities or are unfamiliar with online applications.

The procedure for applying for a voter ID card offline is mentioned below:

  • Visit the nearest Electoral Office to your residence and request for Form 6, which is the form to register a new voter in the electoral rolls.
  • Enter all the details and submit the form along with the required supporting documents to the Electoral Office.
  • You could also submit the form at the nearest specially designated Voter Help Centres, the list of which is available on the website.
  • Once submitted, a Booth Level Officer will make a visit to your home to verify the details and documents submitted by you.
  • After successful verification, you will be notified once your application has been processed and will receive your voter ID card through the post at the address mentioned in the application form.

Documents to be Submitted for Voter ID Card Application:

  • Recent passport sized photographs
  • Proof of age- for applicants between the ages of 18 and 21 years (school certificate/birth certificate/passport/Aadhaar card/PAN card/bank pass book/driving licence etc)
  • Proof of residence (passport/driving licence/Aadhaar card/ration card/recent utility bills/bank or post office passbook)

How to track status in Maharashtra

Tracking Voter ID Status Online

To check the status of your Voter ID application online, you can follow the steps given below.

  • Visit the Maharashtra CEO website(http://103.23.150.139/marathi/).
  • Search by Name
    • Select “Name Wise”
    • Choose “District”, enter your district, name and click on “Search”.
    • You can also choose “Assembly”, enter your district, assembly, name and click on “Search”.
  • Search by EPIC
    • Choose your district
    • Enter your ID card number and click on “Search”.

Tracking Voter ID status via SMS

This facility is not available in Maharastra yet, but may be rolled out in the future.

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 ID Card Online in Maharashtra

There may be occasions where you have misplaced or lost your voter ID card. Your voter ID card could also have been stolen or cannot be used because it is torn/mutilated.

In such situations, you will have to apply for a duplicate voter ID card in order to exercise your franchise.

The steps to apply for a duplicate voter ID card are as follows:

  • If your voter ID card has been lost or stolen, you will have to file an FIR (First Information Report) at the local police station.
  • Go to the Chief Election Commissioner of India website and download Form 002, which is the form for the application of a duplicate voter ID.
  • Fill in the form with all the relevant details and attach the supporting documents as requested (along with the FIR copy).
  • Submit the same at the local electoral office, after which you will receive an acknowledgement.
  • You will receive your duplicate voter ID either through the post or you can collect it in person from the electoral office.

How to Apply for Duplicate Voter ID Card Offline in Maharashtra

If you have lost or misplaced your voter ID card, you can apply for a duplicate voter ID card in the following way:

  • If your voter ID card was lost, misplaced or stolen, you will have to file an FIR at your local police station.
  • Take a copy of the FIR and collect Form 002 from your local electoral office.
  • If your voter ID card is mutilated or torn, take the card with you when you visit the local electoral office.
  • Fill in the form with the information requested and attach the supporting documents.
  • Submit the form and documents to the office, whereupon you will receive an acknowledgement.
  • You will receive your duplicate voter ID card on verification of the documents submitted by you.

How to Make Corrections in Voter ID Card Online in Maharashtra

There are times when your voter ID card might have a misspelling of your name or an error in your contact details, for example. As the voter ID card is an official document, you should always correct any errors as soon as possible.

The procedure for correcting the information on your voter ID card is as follows:

  • Visit the website of the Chief Electoral Officer in Maharashtra and click on the “Online Voter Registration” tab on the homepage.
  • Click on Form 8, which is the form for correction of details on an existing voter’s ID card.
  • The online form will appear. Enter the details requested and upload the necessary documents.
  • For name change, upload an official document such as marriage certificate or government gazette.
  • For address change, upload a document with the correct address mentioned (such as passport/pass book/ driving licence/electricity bill etc.)
  • Once you have uploaded and filled in all the information, click “submit”.
  • You will receive an instant acknowledgement in the form of a reference number, which you can use to check the status of your application online.
  • Your application will then be processed by the authorities.
  • On successful verification, you will receive a voter ID card with the changes either by post or you can collect it in person from the electoral office.

How to Make Corrections in Voter ID Card Offline in Maharashtra

In the event that your voter ID card has errors when it comes to certain details such as your name, address or any other details, you can correct the information by submitting an application in this regard.

The steps for making corrections in your voter ID card offline are given below:

  • Visit the Electoral Office and collect Form 8, which is the application form to make corrections in a voter ID card.
  • Fill in the details as requested and attach documents with the correct name/address.
  • For name change, attach a copy of the official gazette notification or a marriage certificate.
  • For address corrections, attach a copy of an official document mentioning the correct address (for example, ration card, Aadhar card, passport, driver’s licence etc.).
  • Submit the form and supporting documents to the electoral office.
  • Once your application has been verified, you will receive your corrected voter ID card through the post or you can collect it personally from the electoral office.

How to Change your Address in Voter ID Card Online in Maharashtra

Individuals registered in a particular constituency may no longer be living in the same area. However if you have not updated your changed address in your voter’s ID card, you are not eligible to vote in elections where you live currently.

If it is a permanent address change, you would need to delete your name from the electoral rolls at your former place of residence and add your name in the electoral roll at your current residence. This can now be done in one step by applying for a transposition of name from electoral roll.

Through such an application, not only will your name be added in your current area’s electoral roll, but it will be deleted in your old constituency electoral roll. Your voter ID card will also be updated with your current address.

The office of the Electoral Officer in Maharashtra has made it easier for individuals to change their addresses on their voter’s ID cards now, as they can do so in a few simple steps online.

The online process is listed below:

  • Go to the website of the Chief Electoral Officer in Maharashtra and select the Form 8A from the Online Voter Registration link, which is the form for transposition of address.
  • Fill in the details as requested and upload supporting documents for your current address, such as utility bills etc.
  • Once you have filled the form and uploaded supporting documents, click on “submit”.
  • You will be issued a reference number, which you can use to track your application status.
  • After verification of the information submitted by you, you will receive a voter’s ID card with the corrected address mentioned.

How to Change your Voter’s ID Card Offline in Maharashtra

As a registered voter, your voter ID card should always be updated and list the most recent information. In the event you have changed your address, your voter ID card should also reflect this change.

This is done to register you in the electoral rolls of the constituency where you currently reside, while your name will be struck off the rolls in your previous place of residence.

The process of changing your address on your voter’s ID card offline is now much simpler, with the steps mentioned below:

  • Visit the office of the electoral officer or an electoral office in the constituency where you reside and collect Form 8A, the application form for changing address.
  • Fill in the form with the information requested and attach documents in support of your current address- such as electricity or telephone bills.
  • Submit the filled in form to the electoral office, where you will receive an acknowledgement of the same.
  • Once the information you have provided has been verified, you will receive a voter’s ID card with the new address through the post, or you can collect it personally from the office.

Maharastra Elections 2019

The Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra in 2019 will be held in four different phases on 11th, 18th, 23rd and 29th April. The results of the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 were as follows:

Name of political party Number of seats won
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 23
Indian National Congress(INC) 2
Shiv Sena 4
Swabhimani Paksha 18

Facts about politics in Maharashtra

The major political parties in Maharashtra are Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC), Shiv Sena and National Congress Party (NCP). Currently, a coalition of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena is in power in the state. In the last legislative assembly elections that were held in 2014, the coalition won 185 out of 288 seats.

Chief minister of Maharashtra

The current chief minister of Maharashtra is Devendra Fadnavis. The list of chief ministers in Maharashtra are:

Name Term Period
Jivraj Narayan Mehta 1 May 1960 to 3 March 1962 and 3 March 1962 to 19 September 1963
Balwantrai Mehta 19 September 1963 to 19 September 1965
Hitendra Kanaiyalal 19 September 1965 to 3 April 1967
President's rule 3 April 1967 to 12 May 1971
Ghanshyam Oza 13 May 1971 to 17 March 1972
Chimanbhai Patel 17 March 1972 to 17 July 1973
President's rule 17 July 1973 to 9 February 1974
Babubhai J. Patel 9 February 1974 to 18 June 1975
President's rule 18 June 1975 to 12 March 1976
Madhav Singh Solanki 12 March 1976 to 24 December 1976
Babubhai J. Patel 24 December 1976 to 10 April 1977
President's rule 11 April 1977 to 17 February 1980
Madhav Singh Solanki 7 June 1980 to 10 March 1985 and 7 June 1980 to 10 March 1985
Amarsinh Chaudhary 6 July 1985 to 9 December 1989
Madhav Singh Solanki 10 December 1989 to 3 March 1990
Chimanbhai Patel 4 March 1990 to 25 October 1990 and 25 October 1990 to 17 February 1994
Chhabildas Mehta 17 February 1994 to 13 March 1995
Keshubhai Patel 14 March 1995 to 21 October 1995
Suresh Mehta 21 October 1995 to 19 September 1996
President's rule 19 September 1996 to 23 October 1996
Shankersinh Vaghela 23 October 1996 to 27 October 1997
Dilip Parikh 28 October 1997 to 4 March 1998
Keshubhai Patel 4 March 1998 to 6 October 2001
Narendra Modi 7 October 2001 to 22 December 2002, 22 December 2002 to 22 December 2007, 23 December 2007 to 20 December 2012, 20 December 2012 to 22 May 2014
Anandiben Pate 22 May 2014 to 7 August 2016
Vijay Rupani 7 August 2016 to 26 December 2017 and 26 December 2017 to present

Election commissioner of Maharashtra

The current election commissioner of Maharashtra is Jageshwar Swarup Saharia.

*Disclaimer

News About Voters ID in Maharashtra

  • Voting for six seats of Maharashtra legislative council held

    With six members retiring from the Upper House of the Maharashtra legislature on June 21, fresh elections to select the new members was held recently. It needs to be mentioned that of the six members who are about to retire, three belong to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), two to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and one to Congress.

    The elections were held for seats of Osmanabad-Beed-Latur, Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Nasik, Prabhani-Hingoli, Amaravati, and Wardha-Chandrapur-Gadchiroli. Among all the seats, the contest for the seat of Osmanabad-Beed-Latur is expected to be close as Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde and Dhananjay Munde, the Leader of Opposition in the legislative council go head-to-head. While Pankaja Munde is contesting on a BJP ticket, Dhananjay Munde is fighting the elections on an NCP ticket. The results of the elections are slated to be declared on May 24.

    It needs to be mentioned that the electoral college for these elections comprises of representatives that include corporates and councilors of the six seats.

    23 May 2018

  • The State of Maharashtra Includes 13.6 Lakh New Voters Since The 2014 Assembly Elections

    Since the Assembly Elections that took place in 2014, the State of Maharashtra has included 13.6 Lakh New Voters to their electoral poll. This has taken the total number of electors to nearly 8.49 crore in the state. An official in the State Electoral Department stated that the updated electoral roll was published on 10 January 2018. According to the report, there are 4,45,67,486 male and 4,03,27,016 female voters. The third gender constitutes 1,855 voters. There were total additions of 9,66,976 voters compared to the last revision and 3,65,722 deletions. The addition since the last Assembly polls was 13,68,047 voters.

    7 February 2018

  • BJP Rules In The Gram Panchayat Polls in Maharashtra

    The Bharatiya Janata Party won the gram panchayat election in Maharashtra and walked out victoriously. BJP nominees were elected in 1,457 panchayat samitis as sarpanch, followed by Congress (301), Shiv Sena (222) and NCP (194). It was for the first time in the history of gram panchayat polls that the elections for sarpanch post were held directly. Legally, they were all independent candidates, but political parties claimed alliance with them.

    In the municipal council polls, BJP nominees won as president in 52, followed by Shiv Sena (27), Congress (23) and NCP (21).

    17 October 2017

  • Maharashtra Governor Mulls Issuing Election Cards to All Youth at 18

    The Maharashtra Governor has suggested that all citizens who turn 18 should be issued with voter’s ID cards by the state. The suggestion was made to the state’s Chief Electoral Officer at a meeting held at Raj Bhavan.

    The governor stated that with the youth are looking at participating in the democratic process, the state should take the initiative of issuing the cards to them after they turn 18.

    The governor also made an appeal to mobilise support for a voter registration drive targeted at the youth ahead of the upcoming municipal elections in various districts in the state.

    He urged citizens to register for the coming polls so no eligible voter would be turned away due to lack of documentation.

    With election season due to begin in the state from October, the Chief Electoral Officer assured the governor that steps to curb bribery and vote buying during elections were being taken.

    2 May 2016

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