The importance of voter card was acknowledged way back in 80s when the Election Commission of India (ECI) made it mandatory for all voters to possess a voter ID card. Earlier, the card did not have a photo of the holder. However, today all the Voter ID Cards have a photo of the voter and that is the reason why an Election Card can also be used as a valid photo identity proof.
Importance of a Voter Card in India
Voter card is one of the essential documents of proof that can allow an eligible voter to vote. It also signifies many things, such as:
- Identifies an Indian citizen
- Allows voter card holder to get privileges given to an Indian resident
- Helps the card holder to get Aadhar card, passport, and series of other documents
- Gives valuable information about the holder, such as parents name, address, age, etc
- Enables the voter to get listed in the electoral roll which is also know as Voter List
How to Get a Voter ID Card
The voter card is given to those who have filled in the voter ID application form correctly and completely. Earlier, the application forms for voter registration was available only at the state’s election office or when the Chief Electoral Officers (CEO) used to setup electoral card kiosks at various places in the state.
Today however, a lot of things have changed for the better. One can simply go online, visit the CEO’s website and download the required form for voter registration.
Here is a detailed list of Election Commission of India forms for anything related to Voter ID Card:
- Form 6 – for new enrolment / applying for a new Voter ID Card
- Form 8 – for modifying spelling errors and other mistakes in the voter card
- Form 8A – for transposition / change of the voter card name
- Form 002 – for getting a duplicate card
- Form 7 – for objection to the inclusion of name
Once, you click the appropriate form, you need to fill it up and submit certain documents to certify your residential address, age, etc. If you are filing for a duplicate voter ID card, you must attach a copy of the FIR as well.
There are also options for NRIs to get a voter ID card in case they are still Indian citizens and are present abroad for some government job.
Check the status of Voter ID Card on Internet
Once the voter ID application form is submitted, you can also find out the status of your ID card. A few years back, one had to visit the election office once more to know the status of their voter card – whether it is cancelled, under process, or in transit. Remember, you will be given an application number once you have successfully submitted your application to the local office or registered your application form online. Here are the steps to know the status of your Voter ID Card.
- Visit the state CEO’s website. Many tabs will be visible in the online form.
- Click the e-registration link from the tabs above. A series of sub-pages are displayed.
- Click ‘Know your Voter Card status’ link from the sub pages given.
- Choose Application ID radio button if you want to put this number in the text box that appears. You can also select the option to enter Applicant Name, or House number.
- Choose the correct form from the list of forms in the next step.
- Click the Submit button.
The voter card status will be correctly shown in front of you. This status is mentioned in the form of a new pop-up window. Make sure that the pop-up option is not blocked by your browser.
Once the voter ID card application form is verified, you will be able to see the voter card number and the E-Seva centre number is provided. These two numbers must be provided to the e-Seva center to get your updated or new voter ID card.
So, don’t leave the task of getting an electoral card by just registering for the same. Do check your voter card status and get your election card.