In India, the holding of elections takes place every five years. All citizens who have attained the age of 18 have a patriotic duty to participate in the elections. But for anyone to participate in the elections they must register with the Electoral Commission of India as a voter. One is considered a registered voter if their name appears on the voter’s list in their constituency and if they hold a Voter ID card.
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Electoral Commission of India:
At present, the body mandated to manage and run elections in India is the Electoral Commission of India. Previously this mandate rested with the Chief Election Officer before it was passed on to the Electoral Commission of India which is widely seen as having brought about significant progress and improvements in the electoral process.
One of the ways the electoral process has improved in India under the Electoral Commission of India is the introduction of online voter registration. Before the new method of online voter registration, a manual lengthy and tedious process was in place and it involved queuing, manually filling forms and so on. This no doubt discouraged a significant portion of the population from registering as voters and consequently denying them their democratic right and duty to vote.
The introduction of online voter registration has thus eased the process and has gained wide acceptance even by rural communities in India. Online voter registration has also been credited with an increase in enrolment of youth voters.Sponsored Links
Where to visit to download voter ID card:
To simplify the process each of India’s 28 states has its own online portal from which the residents can access the services. The various state websites can be accessed in the various local languages used.
Step by step process of downloading your voter’s ID card
- Go to the website of the Electoral Commission of India. Currently, the web address is http://eci.nic.in/eci_main1/index.aspx. Alternatively, you can visit the website of your state where you are registered as a voter or intend to register as a voter.
- Conduct a search of your name by clicking on the link ‘Search Your Name’. (Image – http://www.downloadvoterid.in/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/voter-id-download-step1.png). Once you click you will be required to fill in your personal details. Proceed to click on the search button once you have entered the necessary details.
- After giving the search instructions the details on your Voter ID will become visible. Stationed at the bottom right is an option to print. (Image – http://www.downloadvoterid.in/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/voter-id-download-step3.png) Click on this print option.
- Following the previous instruction your Voter details as they will appear on your voter ID will now become visible in a new window as shown below: (Image http://www.downloadvoterid.in/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/voter-id-download-step4.png) Another print option button is visible and you will click on this too to print out your voter ID. To ensure that the process is completed successfully make sure the printer is in working condition and has a plain paper ready for use before you go ahead and issue the print command.
When accessing the ECI website it is important to note that downloading a soft copy of the voter ID card is impossible to avoid incidences of voter fraud. Therefore you can only print the voter ID card out on paper but not save it in an electronic format.