Voter ID Registration

In India, the right to vote is both a privilege and a responsibility for its citizens. The Election Commission of India facilitates this through a simple online voter registration process.

This article provides a comprehensive guide to registering for a Voter ID card, ensuring every eligible citizen can exercise their right to vote.

How to Register to Vote in India

Voting registration in India can be done in both online and offline form, below are the steps for all.

Online Registration Process

Sign Up On NVSP Portal
  • Fill in your personal details and request an OTP.
  • Enter the OTP received on your mobile and email.
  • Log in to the portal, fill out Form 6 with your details, and upload required documents.
  • Review the form and submit it.
Voter ID Form 6

Offline Registration Process

  • Visit the Booth Level Officers (BLO) office or download Form 6 from the Voter Services Portal.
  • Make sure to fill out Form 6 accurately.
  • Submit the filled form along with required documents to the BLO.

Registration for Persons with Disabilities

  • Special provisions are made to facilitate the voter registration process for individuals with disabilities.
  • They can avail of assistance and accommodations to complete the registration process.
  • Various forms of identification and proof may be accepted to ensure accessibility for all eligible voters.
  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) ensures that polling stations are equipped with facilities to accommodate individuals with disabilities on election days.

Registration for Senior Citizens

  • Senior citizens are encouraged to participate in the electoral process by registering to vote.
  • They may receive assistance from family members or designated officials to complete the registration process.
  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) provides options for both online and offline registration to cater to the needs of senior citizens.
  • Special considerations may be made for senior citizens who face challenges in accessing registration centers or providing necessary documentation.
To ensure the completion of your voter registration, you can visit the NVSP (National Voters' Service Portal) and verify your registration details using your reference ID. Additionally, the Election Commission (EC) website offers the option to update personal information on the electoral roll.

Verification Process

Upon submission of the voter registration form on the official Voter Services Portal, the provided information undergoes a thorough verification process within a stipulated timeline.

Typically, the verification process is completed within 15 to 21 days from the date of form submission. During this period, designated officials meticulously scrutinize the submitted details to ensure compliance with the eligibility criteria and accuracy of the information.

Following the completion of the verification process, the applicant is promptly notified of the final decision regarding their voter registration application.

After successfully registering, you can download your E-EPIC card or Voter ID card in PDF format by logging into the NVSP portal.

Documents Required

You need the following documents for voter registration:

  • Address Proof: Utility bills, Bank passbook, rental agreement, Aadhaar card, passport, etc.
  • Proof of Date of Birth: Birth certificate, school certificates, Aadhaar card, passport, etc.
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs.

Different Forms Required

Various forms are available for different voter registration needs:

  • Form 6: For first-time voter registration.
  • Form 6A: For NRI voters.
  • Form 6B: For linking Aadhaar with Voter ID.
  • Form 7: For deletion of name from electoral roll.
  • Form 8: For corrections in Voter ID details.

Eligibility Criteria for Voter Registration

To register as a voter in India, you need to meet some basic criteria:

  • You must be an Indian citizen.
  • You should be at least 18 years old, as of January 1 of the year in which the citizen is registering himself.
  • You must be a resident of the constituency where you want to register.
  • You should be mentally sound.

Citizen not eligible to vote

  • Non-Resident Indian (NRI) citizens who have citizenship of another country.
  • Individuals with an unsound mind.
  • Persons convicted of certain crimes.
  • Individuals serving a sentence of imprisonment for an offense.

Checking Voter Registration Status

Here are all the steps for checking the voter registration status:

  • Visit the Election Commission of India's Voter Services Portal -
  • Sign in with your credentials.
  • Input your mobile number and request an OTP.
  • Enter the received OTP and go to "Track Application Status."
  • Input your reference number to check your application status.
  • Submit and view the status of your application.
Track NVSP Status
Once you've submitted your request, check if your application is approved, rejected, or still pending review. Based on the status displayed, follow any given instructions.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Below are some common mistakes that every Indian should keep in mind while registering for Voter ID online:

1. Using Incorrect Form:

Ensure that you are using the correct form for voter registration based on your eligibility:

  • Form 6 for first-time voters.
  • Form 6A for NRI voters.
  • Form 7 to object to an application on the electoral roll.
  • Form 8 for corrections in existing Voter ID details.
  1. Incomplete Documentation:
    • Ensure all necessary supporting documents are submitted along with your registration to validate the information provided.
  2. Errors in Form Submission:
    • Double-check all details entered in the registration form to avoid errors that may lead to inaccuracies on your Voter ID.
  3. Neglecting Supporting Documents:
    • Failure to submit required documents such as proof of address and proof of age may result in rejection of your application.
  4. Incomplete Form Fill-Up:
    • Fill out the registration form accurately and completely, ensuring all sections are filled correctly to avoid delays or rejections.
  5. Ignoring Verification Process:
    • Be available for any verification process conducted by the authorities to confirm the authenticity of your application.
  6. Failure to Check Application Status:
    • Regularly check the status of your application to ensure it is being processed correctly and address any issues promptly.
  7. Ignoring Rejection Reasons:
    • If your application is rejected, review the reasons provided and take necessary corrective measures before reapplying.

Key Dates for the 2024 General Elections

Below is the general election 2024 schedule:

  • Phase 1 - 19th April
  • Phase 2 - 26th April
  • Phase 3 - 7th May
  • Phase 4 - 13th May
  • Phase 5 - 20th May
  • Phase 6 - 26th May
  • Phase 7 - 1st June
  • Results on - 4th June

Importance of Voter Registration

Voter registration is a vital step for Indian citizens aged 18 and above to actively participate in the democratic process and exercise their fundamental right to vote. One must register to have a say in crucial decisions impacting the nation. 

Remember, without registering to vote, one can't cast their vote in elections, and their voice won't be heard in decisions that affect them and their community.

Voter ID helps maintain the integrity of the electoral process by reducing the chances of impersonation, bogus voting, and electoral fraud. It ensures that only eligible voters exercise their right.

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