I Have Lost my Electors Photo Identity Card Just Before the Elections, Can I Still Cast my Vote?

There are different situations when you forget or misplace an important belonging of yours. These situations are destined to occur every once in a while in a Citizen’s life and hence these should not be used to judge a person for being negligent or ignorant. Whereas there are some belongings which should be taken extra care of. Belonging like, an Electors Photo Identity Card, is an extremely important document and hence should be in the priority list of citizens who wish to cast a vote during elections and make their opinion count.

But blunders and accidents are a part and parcel of our daily lives and in these lives people tend to be ignorant towards even the most important and essential belongings and not realize it until it is too late.

What could go wrong before the elections commence?

Imagine a situation where the elections are approaching and you have your name in the Voters’ list along with a decision about the candidate you are going to vote for. But as soon as you take a step forward you realize that your passport to the polling booth, your Electors Photo Identity Card is missing. This election card, which is a valid identity document that is used to satisfy the polling officer about your identity, is no longer with you.

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In such a situation you may use another identity proof as a means of justification of your identity, but losing a document that is made exclusively for your electoral participation is one big disappointment.

Couldn’t I just apply for a duplicate EPIC?

In this case you may think of applying for a Duplicate Electors Photo Identity Card, but you must be aware of the fact that this process is very much time consuming and hence has a low chance being completed before the elections approach. Here is when the Election Commission steps in and once again to provide a solution for your grievance.

Distribution of Voter Slips, the solution to a lost election card.

The distribution of Voter Slips is the latest technique adopted by the district election offices and approved by the Election Commission of India in order achieve the aim of 100% voter turn out. A voter slip could be your alternate proof identity for your entry to the polling station and entitle you to cast a vote since it contains all the required details like Name, Polling Booth, Serial Number along with the voter’s photograph hence making it a perfect and apt alternative for those who wish to cast a vote but have lost the Electors Photo Identity Card.

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Even if you have lost your electors photo identity card you can use the voter slips provided by the district election office of your constituency as an alternative identity proof.

The duty for the distribution of these voter slips has been allotted to the Booth Level Officers and to ensure that this essential task is completed by great swiftness, these officers have been asked to strategically plan out the distribution scheme along side the compilation of the Voter Data. This information would then be handed over to the Election Office along with expected time frame required for the distribution of these voter slips. The office henceforth the reviewing of this information would initiate the distribution.

The distribution of these voter slips is a landmark in the history of the whole electoral process, since not only would it ease the hassles of the citizens who have lost their Elector Photo Identity Card but also ensure that there is a huge voter turn out at the polling booths, something which is in the best interest of a Democracy of any nation. High voter turn out not only ensures that most of the citizens participate in the Democracy but also ensures that the result of the election is completely fair since of opinion of a lot of people has been taken into account. The authorities say that the distribution of slip will be completed a week in advance of the elections.

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  1. Respected Sir,
    my election voting card has lost,
    please send my dupcate copy my imail id

    My electric voting application no -KXNO816066 for Gadchiroli (ST) – 152,
    Please information my imail id .


  1. […] However, it may happen that you lose your Voter ID Card. Don’t panic and scream…. I lost my voter ID card. In such cases, you need to apply for a duplicate voter ID card. Do note that it is not compulsory to carry your Voter ID to the polling booth in order to cast your vote – if your name is present in the Voter List of your constituency, you can just carry along any proof of identity (Driving License, PAN Card, Aadhaar Card, Passport, etc.) and cast your vote. Having said that, we seriously recommend you to apply for a duplicate Voter ID Card since a voter ID also acts as an important proof of identity as well proof of residence – almost all the Government as well as private organisations accept it as proof of document. You can get your duplicate voter card by either by getting the respective forms from the nearest office or download the same from your State CEO’s website. Keep reading for a detailed information about it. […]

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