It is important to reach the correct polling booth of your constituency in order to cast your vote.
The right to vote is an inalienable part of a citizen’s right in a democracy, subject to certain conditions laid down by the state. To be part of this democratic process, it is required to get registered as a voter, and then to finally cast your vote for the candidate of your choice.
Finding the Polling booth
It is important to reach the correct polling booth of your constituency in order to cast your vote. A voter can search for the polling booth on electoralsearch.in or use the Voter Helpline App, developed by the Election Commission, to find their polling booth. They can also call the voter helpline on 1950, which is the voter helpline. It is important to add the STD code of your city before the number. For help regarding the Polling station location, one needs to send an SMS <ECIPS> space <EPIC No> to 1950.
What happens at the Polling Booth
Once you find and locate the polling booth of your constituency, you must reach there between the official voting timings only. At the booth, there will be a series of steps that will take place, and allow you to vote for the candidate of your choice.
- First polling official will check your name on the voter list and check your ID proof
Second polling official will ink your finger, give you a slip and take your signature on a register (Form 17A)
- The voter will have to deposit the slip at the third polling official and show your inked finger and then proceed to the polling booth
- Record your vote by pressing the ballot button opposite the symbol of the candidate of your choice on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM); You will hear a beep sound, and a red led light will glow.
- Check the slip that appears in the transparent window of the VVPAT machine. The slip with the Candidate serial No., Name and Symbol shall be visible for 7 seconds before it drops in the sealed VVPAT box
- You can press NOTA, None of the Above, if you don’t like any candidate; it’s the last button on the EVM