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How to vote in India ?


Why Vote?

Voting is the single most important right provided to all citizens of India. Some citizens are willing to exercise their right, while others feel that politicians are crooks and so they don’t have to bother voting at all!  This is just a common excuse for people who do not want to vote.  With the election fever gripping the entire nation, express your views on various aspects of voting and why we need to vote and why we should not.

Whom to Vote?

As lawmakers decide the fate of the country, electing the right candidates/parties assumes prime importance for every citizen.

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How to Vote in India ?

  • Apprise yourself of the political happenings in your area ( or ) Find out when the next election is.

Identify the next elections you would want to participate in. It is always advisable to make sure that you vote in all local and assembly level elections.

  • Go to your polling place.

Obtain a ballot and follow any instructions you are given.

  • Register to vote.
  • Learn where your polling place is and make sure you know how to get there.
  • Obtain a sample ballot.

This will let you know exactly who is running for which office, how many seats are open for the office, and how many votes you are entitled to cast for each office. It will also spell out any referenda or initiatives appearing before the voters.

  • Educate yourself on the candidates and the issues ( or ) Talk yourself into it.

Read the newspapers and look for voters’ guides which may be published by nonpartisan groups in your area. Listen to radio or TV candidate debates, or attend a debate or a forum in person. In local elections, where coverage is limited, it can be very effective to pick up the telephone and speak to a candidate.  (or ) Despite the more than occasional political turmoils and mishaps in the country, convince yourself that your vote will make a difference.

  • Meditate for a while and dwell on all the candidates. If you have not already read their manifestos then now is the time.
  • Remember it is a secret ballot so don’t discuss your vote with others, especially your neighbors. It’s a waste of time and may lead to unnecessary debate. Make up your mind and remember the associated symbol of the candidate.
  • Register

If you don’t have a voters card make sure that your name is in the voters list. You should do this at least a week before elections. Usually, people from the election commission will come to your house for verification. But if they don’t turn up do make sure that you register yourself voluntarily.

  • Sign in. Once you reach the voting center, go to any of the desks set up by various political parties and ask them if your name is there. This is to double check that you are a registered voter.

  • Go inside and stand in the queue, when your turn comes state your and your father’s name. That’s all they will ask. They will mark you with an indelible ink on your nail. It cannot be removed with most kinds of Nail-polish removers and thinners. It is a security measure to ensure that each individual votes only once.

  • Look for the machine. Once inside the room, you will find a machine in the corner with an enclosure around.

  • Press the symbol of the candidate. If it is a manual system, which is now becoming rare, then you need to stamp the right symbol on a ballot paper and put it in a box.

  • Stay there for a few seconds to make sure everything is fine and the machine is not beeping. ( or ) Mark your sample ballot according to your choices.

This can happen due to an error.( or ) This will help prevent confusion once you get to the voting booth and will allow you to cast your vote in the way you intend.

  • Come home and relax. You have done your part. Enjoy the remaining day.


  • If you find that someone else has already voted on your name then make a formal complaint to the election commission officer. This is a serious offense and must be reported.

  • Going to one of the parties’ counters doesn’t mean that you have an obligation to vote for them. Take your time at the voting center and do a last minute evaluation by going over to various party posts and reading about the candidates.

  • Depending on where you live, you may be able to find voting information on the Internet. Search under terms such as the name of your state or other jurisdiction, and something like “board of elections” or “election commission”.

  • Try not to restrict yourself to reading candidate materials you receive in the mail. Candidate publications tend to be biased and will not give you the complete picture you will need to make an informed vote. You might also look on the internet for current legislative issues and votes.

  • Do not feel obligated to cast a vote in every part of the ballot. If you have not been able to inform yourself on a confusing issue or race, your best option may be to leave that part of the ballot blank.

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