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How to vote in #India Elections: Voting process, timings, and how to find polling booth

Elections 2019, How to Vote in #India, Voting Timings: Fourteen seats in Uttar Pradesh, 12 in Rajasthan, seven each in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, five in Bihar and four in Jharkhand will go to polls in the fifth phase, in addition to Ladakh and Anantnag constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.

How to vote in #India Elections 2019: Voting process, timings, and how to find polling booth
How to Vote in Elections 2019: Re-polling will be conducted in five polling booths for three Assembly and five Lok Sabha segments in three districts of Andhra Pradesh.

The fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections will see voting across seven states and 51 constituencies. Fourteen seats in Uttar Pradesh, 12 in Rajasthan, seven each in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, five in Bihar and four in Jharkhand will go to polls, in addition to Ladakh and Anantnag constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir. Besides, re-polling will be conducted in five polling booths for three Assembly and five Lok Sabha segments in three districts of Andhra Pradesh.

How to vote in Indian elections 2019

You can vote only if your name appears in the Voter List (also known as Electoral Roll). Voters can find information on polling booths, contesting candidates, election dates and timings, identity cards and electronic voting machines (EVM).

Also read | Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Polling schedule, results date, constituency-wise results, how to check live counting

How to vote: What is the voting process at polling booth?

# The polling official will check your name on the voter list and check your ID proof.
# The official will ink your finger, give you a slip and take your signature on a register (Form 17A).
# You will have to deposit the slip at the third polling official and show your inked finger and then proceed to the polling booth.
# Record your vote by pressing the ballot button opposite the symbol of the candidate of your choice on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM); You will hear a beep sound.
# Check the slip that appears in the transparent window of the VVPAT machine. The slip with the Candidate serial No., Name and Symbol shall be visible for 7 seconds before it drops in the sealed VVPAT box.
# You can press NOTA, None of the Above, if you don’t like any candidate; it’s the last button on the EVM.
# For more information, please see the Voter Guide on http://ecisveep.nic.in/
# Mobile phones, cameras or any other gadget is not allowed inside a polling booth

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How to vote: How to check your name on voter list?

# Logging on to electoralsearch.in
# Calling the Voter Helpline 1950 (please add your STD code before dialling)
SMS <ECI> space <EPIC No> to 1950 (EPIC stands for Electors Photo Identity Card also commonly known as Voter ID card). Example – If your EPIC is 12345678 then sms ECI 12345678 to 1950
# Download Voter Helpline App

Lok Sabha Election 2019: Candidate list

Voters can visit Candidate Affidavit Portal (click here) or download the Voter Helpline App (click here) to see the list of candidates. Please note this data is updated as affidavits are filed by candidates.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: How to vote in India

How to find your polling booth

# Voters can go to electoralsearch.in or use Voter Helpline App to find their polling booth
# Voters can call the Voter Helpline, the number is 1950 (please add your STD code before dialling)
# For Polling station location SMS <ECIPS> space <EPIC No> to 1950

How to use EVM while voting?

EVM stands for Electronic Voting Machine and VVPAT stands for Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). Click to see video for how to vote using EVM VVPAT

What can serve as identity proof?

# EPIC (Voter ID card)
# Passport
# Driving License
# Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/State Govt./PSUs/Public Limited Companies
# Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office
# PAN Card
# Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR
# MNREGA Job Card (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee)
# Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour
# Pension document with photograph
# Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs
# Aadhaar Card

What are the Lok Sabha election dates?

Lok Sabha elections are scheduled from 11 Apr – 23 May, 2019. Please visit electoralsearch.in to check your exact date.

Phase 1 – 11th Apr
Phase 2 – 18th April
Phase 3 – 23rd April
Phase 4 – 29th April
Phase 5 – 6th May
Phase 6 – 12th May
Phase 7 – 19th May

Election results will be announced on 23rd May.

EC counters fake news on EVM, VVPAT

Meanwhile, the Election Commission took note of the wrong information on social media that “while voting, voters should keep #EVM button pressed till the slip comes out on the #VVPAT”. Taking to Twitter, the poll watchdog said, “Some mischievous elements have posted wrong information on social media that while voting, voters should keep #EVM button pressed till the slip comes out on the #VVPAT. Please see the correct information. #LokSabhaElections2019.”

Just in case you need to know, these are the steps to vote:

1. Upon pressing the candidate button on EVM, the red LED light will glow after which the voter should remove his finger from the button.

2. The VVPAT slip will start printing, stay visible for around 7 seconds after which it will get cut and fall into the collection box and a loud beep will be heard indicating the vote has been successfully cast.

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3. However, if the voter continues to keep the candidate button pressed, it will neither help nor cause any harm to the EVM.