Elections are a way for citizens to choose someone to be their political leader or representative in government. By voting, citizens can influence the decisions about how their country is governed.

Voting & Elections

This explainer discusses how a person can understand how to vote and all related information regarding the voting process in India. It primarily deals with the law laid out in the Representation of People Act, 1951, Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, Constitution of India, 1950 and the Indian Penal Code, 1860.


In what situations can you be disqualified from voting?

Can a person who is not an Indian citizen of India become a voter?

What do I do if I cannot vote via the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballots as a service voter?

If I don’t live in my home-town, how can I vote? If I live in a rented house can I vote?

Can I vote overseas or remotely if I am an NRI?

Can I vote together with my friends?

Can I tell people who I voted for?

What are opinion polls? Are they real time votes?

Is there a punishment for not voting?

Can a candidate vote?

Is the media allowed inside the hall where the votes are being counted?

A party is paying me money to vote for their candidate. Can I take the money?

How do I tell the difference if two candidates, who are standing for elections, have the same name?

Can a homeless person register for a Voter ID card?

Can I vote if I am in jail?

Can candidates be at the polling booth on the day of voting?

What do I do if I do not have a left hand thumb to put the thumb impression while voting?

What facilities does the National Voters’ Service Portal provide?

Can a movie actor ask his fans to vote for a particular candidate on the day of polling?