A No-nonsense Guide to Getting your Voter ID Card made | Fast & Easy

You have rode the wings of success and are living the city life, leaving behind your sleepy hometown to its yawning spreads.

You are earning a decent salary in the fast lane and consider yourself a Dilliwallah, Bombaywallih or the wallah-wallih of any metro city of India worth its salt.

You take pride in it.

But you know you don't belong here. Not just yet.

Because you don't vote. You are 'that' migrant population which confines itself to air-conditioned rooms on the election day, enjoying a holiday when the whole nation is supposed to be on its streets.

You champion political ideologies on social media none the less.

Why? Because you don't have your name in the electoral list of the city you live in, and hence, you choose to not vote.

Guess what, it is time to change all that. It is time to get yourself a voter identity card and time to go vote this election season.

Here's a simple, step by step how-to get your name registered in the electoral list. It is tried and tested for Delhi, in February 2019. 

Step 1: Go to National Voters' Service Portal by clicking here.

Step 2: Be sure to check your name in the electoral roll first, for your constituency. It is an option on the left side of the NVSP homepage. Lazy bums like me could click here.


Step 3: Back on the homepage of NVSP, there are 6 options - you need to click on the link that applies to you the most.

There are two scenarios:

Scenario A. You are applying afresh (you don't have an EPIC number in any other constituency) - Click on the first option (Form 6)

Scenario B. You are not applying afresh (you do have an EPIC number in any other constituency) - Guess what, still click on the first option (Form 6)

Scenarios don't matter. Your vote matters.

(Note: In form 6 itself, there is a field where you can enter your old EPIC number. Election commission is supposed to delete the old EPIC ID after successful verification and issuance of your new EPIC Id in the new constituency.)

Fill up Form 6. All the data fields are self- explanatory. If you have any doubt, please feel free to comment below. we will try to answer all the queries (till the elections are over. post that, see you in the next elections!)

Step 4: Now comes the most gratifying and yet the most useless part: Tracking your status!

One the NVSP homepage, there is an option called 'Track Application Status'. Click on that link and enter your reference number (the one you got after successful submission of form 6 in step 3), and you will see a real-time process completion chart. I was impressed with this!


Author's note: I had submitted my application on January 27th, and the whole process got completed within a month (On Feb 26th). I received the Voter Identity card on March 18th, by post.

Step 5: Once the status shows accepted (which it should, if you have submitted all the legit documents), your BLO would call you and schedule a visit to your home to check the documents. Once he/she has done that, your name will be added to the electoral list and you will be issued a nice voter Identity card which you can use as a valid identity document everywhere.

Step 6:  Say 'Yay'! You are a legit voter now.


So there, you have it! You still have some time and a handy step-by-step note on getting your name included in the electoral list of your constituency.

Go ahead and gear yourself up for the national festival of the biggest democracy of this world!

--
Alok
March 19th, 2019


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