We live in a democratic country and have the opportunity to choose our leaders through a voting process. To cast your vote, you need to have a voter ID. Voter ID is issued to all the citizens of India who are eligible to vote.
Once you apply for the voter ID, your name will be listed in the electoral rolls. Now, applying for the voter ID has become quite easy, with the Election Commission of India's, online portal. In this blog, we will discuss how you can apply for the voter ID, online.
All the citizens of India who have completed 18 years, can apply for a voter ID. Applicants are categorised into three groups.
a) General new voter: If you live in India and are applying for a voter ID for the first time, you come under the general new voter category.
b) Change in constituency: If you have changed your permanent address, you should select this option while applying for a voter Id.
c) Overseas voter: Non-Resident Indians (NRI's), can apply for a voter ID in India, even if they are not physically present in the country. But, he/she should not enjoy the citizenship of any other country.
Documents required to apply for a voter ID
a) A scanned copy of the recent passport-sized photograph.
b) Copy of age proof: Birth certificate/ passport/ PAN card/ driving licence/ Aadhaar card.
c) Copy of address proof: Passport/ Driving licence/ bank passbook/ ration card/ rental agreement/ utility bill.
Steps to apply for a voter ID online
Step 1: Visit the official website of the Election Commission of India, www.nvsp.in and select the first option, if you are a new voter residing in India or select the second option if you are an overseas voter.
Step 2: Once you click on the necessary option, you will be taken to a new page, where the form 6A will appear in Hindi. You can choose either English or Malayalam from the options given.
Step 3: After choosing the prefered language, you have to select your state and district. Under the Assembly/Parliamentary Constituency, you will be asked to select whether you are a first-time voter, or you are applying for a voter ID due to shifting from another constituency.
You should fill the entire form, attach the required documents and submit them. Once you submit your form, your name will appear on Electoral Registration Officer's (ERO) notice board.
If anyone wishes to make any objection, they will have a week’s time. If there is no objection, your name will be included in the electoral roll and you will receive your voter ID through the post.