Author : Bhavin Rafaliya | Published On : 29 Apr 2021
What is a Voting ID card?
The Voter ID card, also known as the Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) is a photo ID card issued by the Indian Election Commission to all eligible voters.
The main purpose of this card is to improve the accuracy of the voting list and to help prevent electoral fraud cases. In addition, it also serves as a proof of identity when voting. This card is best known by other names such as election card, voting card, Voter ID, etc.
Initially, voter id was printed with black ink on standard paper and laminate. Beginning in 2015, the Indian government began releasing a color-coded PV version, compliant with the ISO / IEC 7810 size standard used by multiple payment and ATM cards.
Previously, the Elector Photo Identity Card contained the voter's name, the name of the relative they had chosen (such as their father or mother), and the voter's photo, and the voter's ID number.
On the back of the card, the home address of the voters is printed, along with a photo of their signature of the Electoral Registration Officer. The new series also contains a ‘number component’, which allows voters and election officials to find voters on their electoral roll.
Voter participation in democratic and electoral processes goes hand in hand with the effective functioning of any democracy and the basis for a fair and democratic election.
Recognizing this, the Indian Electoral Commission, in 2009, formally recognized the participation of Voter Education and the participation of elections as an integral part of electoral management.
Who can be a voter?
• Every 18-year-old citizen on the due date (1 January of the year in question, unless he or she is not eligible for registration)
• Registration only at a general residence.
• Registration in one place only.
• Overseas Indian is considered to live in the area of the address provided for the passport.
• Service Voters are considered to be residing at their address.
• Form 6 will need to be filled-up. Voters who are from elsewhere and who are voting for the first time will be required to complete this form.
• In the case of an NRI Voter, Form 6A must be fill-up.
• In the case of removal or Objection from the electoral roll, Form 7 will need to be filled-up.
• In the event of a change in gender, relationship type, relative name, age, date of birth, address, EPIC number, age, photo, and name, Form 8 will need to be filled-up.
• Form 8A will need to be filled-up in case you move to another area in the same region.
• You will need to fill-up two copies of Form 6. The form is available at the offices of Booth Level Officers and Electoral Registration Officers / Assistant Electoral Registration Officer. The form is available free of charge.
• If you are visiting the Electoral Registration Officer / Assistant Electoral Registration Officer, the filled forms and documents must be provided. You can also post to the Booth Level Officer.
• If you have any questions, you can call 1950.
Election Commission Issues Digital Voter Card:
January 25 was celebrated as National Voters' Day and this year, the Election Commission of India(ECI) introduced digital voter ID cards. This is known as the Electronic Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC).
It will be available in PDF format and e-EPIC is almost identical to e-Aadhaar. You should know that this cannot be edited.
You can only get this facility if you apply for a voting ID card in November 2020 and December 2020. Your digital voter ID card will be available from 1 February.
If you have lost your voting ID card, you can easily download a duplicate card. A fee of Rs.25 will be charged for this.
Procedure for Downloading the Electoral Commission Issues a Digital Voter ID Card:
• Step 1: Visit the website, voterportal.eci.gov.in.
Step 2: Create your account by entering the required information.
• Step 3: Then, log in to the account and click on 'Download EPIC'.
• Step 4: Type your EPIC number or reference number.
• Step 5: You will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number.
• Step 6: Select 'Download EPIC'. If the mobile number specified on your card is different, you will need to complete the Know Your Customer (KYC) process and download the voting ID card.
• If you have misplaced your e-EPIC number, you can check it at voterportal.eci.gov.in.
• Your digital voting ID card can be generated through a mobile voting app.
• Download the app from the app store and follow the instructions specified in the app.
Upcoming elections in India in 2021
Listed below is a list of possible elections in India at the following locations:
Documents Required for Voting Identity Card:
When applying for a voter ID, you must submit the following documents:
• Proof of Identity.
• Proof of address.
Voter ID card eligibility:
To apply for / obtain a Voter ID card, people must comply with the following criteria:
• You must be an Indian citizen.
• The applicant must not be under 18 years of age.
• Permanent Address.
• You must be a citizen of the polling station where you wish to be registered.
• You must not be disqualified from voting.
Track Voter-ID Online Application Status:
The step-by-step process to track your Voter ID online application status is outlined below:
• Visit https://www.nvsp.in/.
• Click 'Application Tracking Status'.
• Enter the reference ID and click on ‘Track Status’.
• Details will be displayed on the next page.
Fields included in the voting ID card:
The voting ID issued by the Indian Electoral Commission to all eligible voters has the following categories:
• Hologram sticker.
• Serial number.
• Card holder photo.
• Name of nominee / card holder.
• Name of the parent holding the card.
• Cardholder gender.
• Holder / card age as card issuance date.
• The full address of the person mentioned on the back of the card and the official signature.
Use of voting card or voting ID card:
The voting ID may be used for the purposes set out below:
• The card serves as an acceptable form of identification.
• Voter ID Card serves as an acknowledgment that the cardholder is a registered voter.
• The card includes identification features such as the applicant's signature, photo, fingerprints, etc., which provide additional confirmation to the cardholder.
• When going to the polls, the card contains arrangements (in the form of a marker) to prevent the owner from voting more often.
• A Voter ID card can be designed to meet the election requirements of a community of lowly illiterate people.
• It is very useful as a way to identify voters who do not have a fixed address.
Vote ID Importance:
Voter ID Card is an important document for Indian citizens for various reasons. Some of these are:
• Proof of Identity - Voter ID card is an important document of Indian citizenship as it is a legal form of proof of identification. A Voter ID card is accepted at various offices and institutions that require that person submit an official identification form. Also, almost all government agencies, insurance providers, application firms, credit providers such as banks ask applicants to provide a Voter ID number so that they can process their application.
• Caste Voting - A Voter ID card is essential if you wish to cast your vote in any election. If you have a valid voting ID card and your name is on your local election list, you can vote.
• Registration on the Non-Immigrant Voting List - The Voting ID serves another purpose for allowing people to register their names on the non-residential election list. This is especially helpful if the person is from another country and wishes to register on their local / regional election list.
Things to keep in mind when applying for a new voting ID:
The voting ID is one of the most important documents required by Indian citizens as it enables them to carry out their voting duties. Voting is the foundation of a democratic country and it is important that everyone does that. There are some things to keep in mind before applying for a voting ID.
• Applicants will be required to be over 18 years of age as it is not legally possible to vote otherwise.
• They should be in sound of mind and not bankrupt.
• They must complete the relevant forms such as Form 6 to apply and ensure that they provide the relevant documentation.
• People should only apply for voting IDs through websites or government agencies or those approved by the government, otherwise they may simply get a fake document.
• People must make sure that all the details on their application forms are correct, such as spelling of their names, date of birth and so on. If this is not corrected initially, their voting ID will contain incorrectly printed information.
• Applicants must also ensure that the information provided is legally correct and not false.
• Once applicants have received their voting ID, they will need to look at the document to see if all the details are correct.