By applying for Voter ID Cards, the new voters or citizens enter a whole new phase of life in which their decisions become synonymous with that of the whole democracy altogether. Their votes make or sometimes break the Governments and hence it is of utmost priority that these decisions are allowed to brew in an atmosphere with least influence and obstacles and maximum amount of brain storming. It is the duty of Election Commission of India to make sure that there is no rigidness in the way various political parties conduct their political campaigns. By doing so, the commission hence checks that there is no undue or illegitimate influence on the voters like cash or kind gifts in return of votes. Apart from this influence, the ECI also has the duty to make sure that there are least number of obstacles for the voters to cast their votes. Therefore the quality of mechanisms that facilitate registration of voters and issuing of Voter ID Cards has been maintained at high levels. Although it is also the duty of the citizens who wish to apply for Voter ID Cards to check that their registration process is smooth and without any rigidness.
How long does it take to issue Voter ID Cards?
The average time taken for issuing voter id cards depends on the method of registration chosen by the voter. There are a couple of ways in which a citizen could proceed with voter registration. The speediest and the easiest way for you to apply for an election card is when you apply for voter id card online.
This is because the online application saves you a trip to the election office and therefore saving you the hassle of lining up in long queues for long hours. Moreover, assessment of online application is also convenient for the election authorities, no wonder that it is done at much higher speeds than it is done for physical applications. Another option ,that is available for the citizens of Andhra Pradesh is to apply for Voter ID Cards through the newly established Mee-Seva centers.
Since the Voter ID Card finds its importance in the fact that is your passport to the polling booth, where you could cast your vote and hence affect the whole democracy by your choice of candidate. Since this one vote of yours symbolizes the choice of each ordinary citizen, it therefore determines the overall trend of choice of a candidate in the democracy. Having made you realize that how much important the process of voting is, it is therefore important for you to have an idea about the average time taken by the election authorities to issue Voter ID Cards from the day of registration or submission of application. So that the voters can plan their day of registration accordingly and do not miss the opportunity to cast their votes in the coming elections.
To sum up, there are 3 major ways to apply for Voter ID Cards and that are:
- Applying directly at the Election Office.
- Applying online on the CEO Website of the voter’s state.
- Applying at Mee-Seva Centres in Andhra Pradesh.
The fastest ways to apply being the Online Application and the Mee-Seva center. If you apply using these two methods, then it is highly likely that you would receive your Vote ID Card within 30 days from the day of your submission of the application form. Whereas if you go and apply straightaway from the CEO Office, it would take much more time, sometimes as much as 8-9 months. Therefore, if the elections are approaching i.e they are just a couple of months away, it is highly advisable that the citizens go for online application so that the voter id cards are issued just in time for them to be able to cast their votes.
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How can Voters ensure a smooth application process?
The voters can do so by:-
- Filling the Voter Registration Forms with minimum amount of errors.
- Not providing any falsified information.
- Being well endowed with all the documents required for voter registration.
- Constantly keeping a check on their application status so that any discrepancy or errors could be rectified with immediate effect.
- Being patient and giving the authorities sufficient time to assess their Voter ID Card Application.
- Making sure that their photograph and particulars in the Voters’ List are correct without even a single error.
By keeping these things in mind, the Voters not only minimize the number of obstacles in entry to the polling booth, the time in which they would receive their Voter ID Cards is also reduced by a considerable amount.