Assembly elections 2014 are soon going to start in Maharashtra. So if you want to be a part of the change and participate in the elections by casting your vote, here is a comprehensive guide about the voters list of Mahrashtra, in which all the legitimate voters are required to have their names included, if they wish to cast their votes and impart a major duty towards their state and their nation.
Maharashtra Voters List
The Maharashtra voters list is nothing but a list prepared by various EROs across the state for their constituency. Each and every assembly in each & every city/town/village in Maharashtra has its own voters list.
This list shows the name of all those registered Maharashtra voters who will be able to vote on the election day. Any person whose name is missing or not included in the voters list Maharashtra will be barred from voting even if they hold a valid voter ID card.
Chief Election Officer Maharashtra
Maharashtra Chief Electoral Officer oversees the complete conduct of elections in the state. He is the head of the elections commission of the state. Under him is a team of 1 Joint Chief Electoral Officer, 2 Deputy Chief Electoral Officers and 3 Section officers.
Taking this as a cue the Chief Election Officer Maharashtra has started a website that acts as a guide to all the voters. Mostly the voters are not well informed about the process of registering for voting. In addition to this, the online portal also has information related to elections. From elections results to election budget to affidavits and much more, the site is truly a one stop for all your election need.
The site also acts as a channel for first time voters who want to register for voter card. If you are already a registered voter then you can also lodge complaints you have with the commission.
The CEO has also started Voters Help Centres (VHC) which has been created only for helping voters. You can search the VHC of your area on the official website of CEO Maharashtra.
Electoral Roll Maharashtra
An electoral roll is a list prepared by the electoral registration officer (ERO) of an assembly or constituency. The list includes the name of all those voters who are eligible to vote.
It is very important that your name is present in the list otherwise you will not be able to vote. Getting your name into the electoral roll Maharashtra is not that difficult at all. You just have to fill up one of the forms available from Election Commission of India.
For example, if you are a new voter then you can register online for Voter ID Card by filling up Form 6. If you want to change details about your entry in the Maharashtra electoral roll then you need to fill up form 8 and so on.
On the homepage of the Maharashtra CEO webpage, you will an option “electoral search engine”. Clicking on it will take you a new page. This page offers you choice of finding your name in the Maharashtra electoral roll. You can use either your name or application ID. You can search your name in English as well as Marathi as per your convenience.
In case you choose to search by name then you have two more options; assembly wise search and district wise search. Choose the one that suits you. But if you want to search using only ID then you need to know only your district and ID card number. If your name does not appear in the list after trying both the options then it will ask you to submit form 6.
Voter ID Card Maharashtra
If you reside in Maharashtra and want to vote in the upcoming elections then you must have a voter ID Card Maharashtra. It is your ticket to exercising your right to vote. You can enroll for the voter ID card in two ways namely; offline and online.
For the offline method you will need to download form 6 from the official website of Maharashtra CEO. After downloading it, fill it with in your own handwriting. Also attach passport size photograph for which space is given on the form. Lastly you will also have to have Xerox copies of documents that are required as proof of your age, address and identity.
You will have to submit this form to the ERO of your area. After accepting your form, the ERO will give you a slip and a date to come to collect your Maharashtra voter ID card.
For the online process, you can fill up the form 6 directly on the webpage of election commission of Maharashtra. During online registration you will also need to upload scanned copy of your passport size photo as well as documents that will be your age, address and identity proof. After the online submission of the form, a verification process is done by the Block Level Officer (BLO). On successful verification, your voter ID card will be delivered within 30 to 45 days.
The benefits of the voter card are beyond just voting. It is your proof of being a legitimate citizen of India. You can also use the card in several places as a reliable ID document.
What’s more if you are a residing in some remote location of the state, you will still be able to cast your vote.