Voter List - 2021 Last Updated : 03 Mar 2021

Definition: The voter list (officially known as the electoral roll) is a compiled comprehensive list, which includes the names and other details of voters in a particular constituency.

The Election Commission of India has published the voter's list for 2020 on their official website. With the convenience of the online system, the need to head to a booth with your ID proof or other essential documents to search for your name in voters list is no longer required.

However, this has to be done at least 10 days before the elections so that any type of error can be fixed at the earliest. Once the elections are about to begin, alterations are not allowed.

How to check your name is on Voter List Online?

Having a voter ID card is not enough for a person to be eligible to vote in an election in India. Before the elections, the person should check whether his or her name is present on the voter list or not. Now, the election commission has made it possible for a person to check their name on the voter list online. Just follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Visit the website http://electoralsearch.in/ .
  2. After visiting the website you can search for your name on the voter list by two methods.
  3. The first method is by clicking on the ‘Search by Details’ option.

Individuals who wish to check if their names have been included in the voter’s list or those who wish to check any details pertaining to their Voter ID card can do so by following the steps outlined below:

  • Visit the National Voter’s Service Portal, the official website for all voter-related information run by the Election Commission of India.
  • Select the ‘Search Your Name in Electoral Roll’ option from among those provided.
  • Pick from the search options available (and listed above) and enter the details accordingly.
  • The results will be displayed on screen depending on the information being available in the database.

Individuals who have register to vote should make it a point to check the electoral roll to ensure their name is mentioned to avoid being denied the right to vote at elections. In case of a name being absent from the database, the individual can contact the nearest electoral office and notify the officer of this.

Search your name on the electoral list by entering your details

  • Enter all your personal details on the website such as your name, date of birth, age and constituency of residence, from where you have been registered as a voter.
  • Next enter the code that you are seeing on the captcha image and then click on search. If you are able to see your name below the submit button, your name is on the voter list, otherwise, there is a very good chance that your name is missing from the voters' list.

Search your name in Voter List by EPIC number

  • Enter the EPIC number in the box. Then select the state of your residence.
  • Next, type the code that you see in the captcha image.
  • If your name is in the voters' list then you will be able to see the name below the submit otherwise there is a very good chance that your name is not on the voters' list.

How to download Voter List?

  • Visit the website eci.nic.in/ .
  • On the side of the page, you will see an option ‘PDF Electoral Roll’.
  • After clicking on the link, a page containing the link to the electoral roll of all the state will open. Click on the state from where you are registered as a voter.
  • After clicking on the state in which you reside, you will see a list of districts that belong to that state. Click on the district in which you reside.
  • After clicking on the name of the district, you will see a list of AC names on the page. Click on the AC name from which you are registered to vote.
  • Next, you will see a list of polling stations belonging to that AC. Select the option ‘Draft Roll’ next to your polling station.
  • You should be able to see the voting list and download voter ID.

Importance of the Voting List

  • The electoral roll is a document that lists the names of registered voters for a particular constituency.
  • In the electoral roll, there is no discrimination against anyone on any parameter. The document also ensures that the election process is carried out in a procedural manner.
  • The list also ensures that if your name is not present on the list, you will be denied the right to vote.
  • The updating process in the voters' list is also important as all those people who have turned 18 years of age and are eligible to vote, provided they have their names added to the list. The names of people who are deceased but still have their names on the voters' list will be removed.
  • The updation process of electoral rolls also confirms that no fake voters have been included in the list. This has proved to be a major problem in the past.
The following details are included in the electoral roll:
  • The full name of the person
  • Date of birth
  • Photograph
  • Signature sample
  • National ID number
  • Registration address
  • Code of the polling station
  • Name of the polling station
  • Area or locality

The electoral authorities use these details to authorise the person’s identity at the election booths.

FAQs on Voter List

  1. How can I register in voter list?

    To register in the voter list, all you need to do is apply for a new EPIC. This is automatically put you in the voter list. In the event that you are not registered in the voter list, visit the NVSP website to file a complaint.

  2. How can find my name in vot list?

    To find your name in the voter list, follow the steps mentioned below.

    • Visit the official NVSP website.
    • Click on ‘Search your name in electoral roll’.
    • Under the tab ‘Search by details’, fill in all the required details.
    • If your name appears, it means that your name is in the voter list.
  3. How to download voter list?

    The voter list can be downloaded from the ECI (Election Commision of India) website.

  4. How to check if your name is already there on the voter list?

    You can determine whether your name is in the voter list by clicking on ‘Search your name in electoral roll’ in the official NVSP website.

  5. What do I do in case I do not find my name in the voter list?

    Some of the reasons your name is missing in the voter list are:

    • You’ve changed your constituency.
    • If you’ve deleted the name.
    • There is a technical glitch.

News Updates on Voter List

  • Election Commission's upcoming agenda includes absentee voting and Digi-ID.

    On the agenda of the Election Commission will be four items which may help in increasing voter base and also boost a higher turnout during the polls.

    The Election Commission has been focusing on the linking of the Aadhaar card with the Voter ID. Apart from this, allowing registration of voters as soon as the person is 18 years old and making sure that gender-neutral voting rights to service voters are given. The EC has also been aiming at the launch of a digital voter ID for all new voters.

    The Digital ID is said to be launched on 25 January 2021 and will be enabled by the existing Digilocker. These voter cards can be downloaded, according to sources.

    31 December 2020

  • 3-day International Virtual Election Visitors Programme for Foreign Election Management Bodies organised by ECI

    A three-day International Virtual Election Visitors Programme for Foreign Election Management Bodies and Organizations was organised from 5th November by the Election Commission of India (ECI), in the context of the ongoing Bihar Elections 2020.

    ECI in the past had organized International Election Visitor Programmes during 2014 Lok Sabha elections, elections for a few State Assemblies in February-March 2017 and during Lok Sabha Elections last year.

    10 November 2020

  • Aadhaar, PAN card, or Voter ID not proof of Indian citizenship: Patna HC

    The Patna High Court has observed that possessing Aadhaar, PAN card, or Voter ID cannot be proof of Indian citizenship. It further noted that Indian citizenship is only based on the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, as well as from the Indian Constitution. Relinquishing citizenship from any other country will not automatically make one an Indian citizen.

    20 October 2020

  • Electors Verification Programme From 1st-15th October

    The Election Commission (EC) will be conducting a nationwide Electors Verification Programme (EVP) from 1st-15th October, 2019. Under this scheme, individuals can update and correct their details as mentioned in the electoral rolls.

    Eligible voters can also enrol themselves under this programme while registered voters can validate their details and correct them if necessary. The draft electoral rolls will be published in January 2020.

    Voters can check their details online on the National Voters Service Portal (NVSP) or call on the voter helpline number at 1950. They can also download the voter helpline mobile app, available on Android and iOS platforms.

    For online and app-based updates, verification and authentication will be carried out. Voters will also receive regular updates on polling stations and election-related announcements.

    27 September 2019

  • Names forcefully entered in the electoral roll in panchayat elections in Jammu

    A peculiar case of names forcefully being entered into the electoral roll in Jammu’s panchayat elections has come up. The names were later removed from the electoral roll after it was found out that they had been entered illegally. The matter took place in Gandu Chak, a ward located in the Parladpur panchayat of block Mandal Phallian in Jammu. As per the locals who were present in the polling booth when the incident took place said that the officials had entered new names into the voter list forcefully. The issue has been taken up by sub-district magistrate Marh.

    The locals have alleged that the Booth Level Officer (BLO) present at the Gandu Chak polling station entered names into the voter list by fraudulent means because his mother is fighting the elections from the same ward. The locals have also claimed that not only did the BLO enter names into the voter list illegally but also removed names of several genuine voters from the electoral roll. Names of some groups have also come up as culprits of the crime. When it was found that the names were entered illegally, action was taken and the names were deleted.

    13 December 2018

  • EC chief admits that mass deletion of names from the voters list in Telangana was a mistake

    The elections in Telangana concluded on the 7th of December and the major talking point to come out of it was the mass deletion of names from the electoral roll. After many celebrities and big names such as Jwala Gutta complained on social media about her name missing from the voter list, the election commission sprung into action. Chief Election Officer (CEO) of the election commission called a press conference and apologised for the mistake made which led to mass deletion of voter names from the electoral roll. Some of the notable names that were missing from the electoral roll included Finance Minister Etela Rajender's father's name, and DGP, chairman of Road Safety Authority, T Krishna Prasad.

    11 December 2018

  • Disabled pensioners will reap benefits only if the name is registered in the voter list

    Disabled people in Telangana will only be able to reap the benefits of pension if their names are registered on the voter’s list. Assistant Collector Gnan Chand has said that the people eligible for a pension will only receive it if they are registered as voters in the electoral roll. The assistant collector advised them the people to fill Form 6 if they are registering themselves as voters for the first time, Form 8A if they want to change the polling station and Form 8 for rectifying any lapses.

    The state election commission hopes that this would encourage more people to register themselves as voters and come and vote in the upcoming elections in Telangana. The state election commission is also setting up 72 booths for disabled people to get their names registered at. Pension officers have also been directed to act accordingly in the matter.

    21 November 2018

  • M3 type EVMs to be used in upcoming lok sabha elections

    The election commission is all set to use the latest version of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The M3 type of EVM is the latest version of the equipment and approximately 22.3 lakh balot units and 16.3 control units have been distributed to the election commission as per a senior election commission official. In addition to this equipment, 17.3 lakh VVPATs have also been delivered for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019. These machines will be deployed at 10.6 lakh polling stations in the country.

    Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) were the two organisations that were tasked with developing the polling equipment for the elections and they delivered it to the election commission before September 30. In the M2 EVMs, a maximum of 16 candidates can be accomodated in a single ballot unit with a maximum of 4 M2 machines that can be connected together. As far as the M3 EVMs are concerned, a maximum of 384 candidates names can be accommodated by connecting 24 ballot units. Both of these versions include the NOTA option. If one of the machines is working erroneously, it is replaced by a reserve. At the all party meeting that was conducted between the high level officials of the election commission and the representatives of all political parties, a number of questions were raised about the reliability of the same.

    2 November 2018

  • Revision of voter’s list starts in Telangana

    The revision of voter’s list has started in Telangana for the upcoming legislative elections. In the revision, all the people who are or will turn 18 on or before 1st January 2019 can get their names enrolled in the voter's list. The claims can be filed from 1 September to 31st October. To file an application for any correction or entry of a detail in the voter's list, the person needs to visit the official website of the Chief Electoral Officer. On the website, the voter can check whether his or her name is present on the voter's list.

    25 September 2018

  • 20 lakh names deleted from the electoral list in Telangana

    Congress has raised concerns after 20 lakh names were deleted from the electoral list in Telangana. With legislative assembly elections to be conducted before schedule, the PCC Election Commission Coordination Committee has filed a complaint regarding the same to the Election Commission of India. The chairman of the PCC Election Commission Coordination Committee, Marri Shashidhar Reddy has filed a petition to the CEC for more time to be given for the verification of the electoral rolls so that the validity of the deletion of 20 lakh voters from the electoral list can be checked.

    This is not the first instance of deletion of names from the electoral list for a political party’s gain in the elections. In 2015, 15 lakh names were asked to be deleted from the electoral roll by then chief minister of Telangana. The 15 lakh registered voters were spread across 24 constituencies. The EC has taken the complaint very seriously and launched an investigation into the same. Reddy has said that there could be political motives behind the deletion of names from the electoral list just as in 2015. Many experts also suspect foul play in the same matter.

    4 September 2018

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