The second phase of the Lok Sabha election is underway.
Are you voting for the first time today? If so, this is what you need to know before you step inside the polling booth.
How To Vote
1. Before you leave to vote, check where your polling booth is.
2. Make sure your name is on the Election Commission’s voter’s list, also called the electoral roll.
3. If you don’t have a voter’s ID, you can still vote. Just make sure you carry one of these 11 alternate IDs approved by the Election Commission.
4. Once you’re at the polling booth, the first polling officer will check your ID.
5. The second polling officer will mark your finger with indelible ink and give you a paper slip.
6. You will be asked to sign a register (Form 17A).
7. Deposit your slip with the third polling official and show them your inked finger. You will then be directed to the polling booth. Mobile phones, cameras and other such gadgets are not allowed inside the booth.
8. Once inside the polling booth, press the ballot button on the EVM next to the symbol of the candidate of your choice. The machine will make a beep sound.
9. A slip will appear on the window of the VVPAT machine next to the EVM. This is for you to ensure that the machine has registered your vote against the right candidate. The slip will show you the name, serial number and symbol of the candidate you voted for. It will be visible in the window for 7 seconds before it drops in the sealed VVPAT box.
For a demonstration of the voting process, see video below: