As soon as we say voter ID, a piece of laminated black and white paper floats in front of our eyes. Although very simple to see, it is worth a lot in terms of importance. Voter ID card is very important not only for voting in elections but also as an official identity card. Today, when the debate over who is a citizen of India and who is not has destabilized our political and social life, there is nothing new to explain how important the voter card is.
Generally, any Indian citizen above the age of 18 can apply for a voter card. If the application is valid, the Election Commission of India provides the applicant with his Voter ID Proof or EPIC (Electoral Photo ID Card). The voter card gives the name, address and epic number of the applicant. So far it has reached us as black and white. But this time the Election Commission has taken special initiative to increase the number of voters. In the case of new voters, they are issuing colored voter IDs. At the same time, new color cards are also available instead of the old black and white cards. This requires a little application. This application can be made online. Documents required for application – proof of address, age certificate and photograph.
How to apply for a colorful voter ID online
1. First you have to open the National Voter’s Service Portal or NVSP’s website (nvsp.in).
2. Go to the home page of the website and click on the Voter Portal box option. This will take you to http://voterportal.eci.gov.in portal.
3. The applicant will register himself in the portal by going to the redirected page. In this case he has to create a new account. Anyone can sign up for the portal with their Google, Facebook or Twitter account.
4. Then you have to submit Form 8. In this case you need to fill the form with photographs and other information. Then you have to submit the form. Keep notes of what you learned from the process. These will be needed later to check the status of your application.
To get a voter ID offline, contact the nearest e-service or m-service center. Take the necessary documents with you. Then fill and submit Form 8.
The Election Commission will then verify that the information or documents you have provided are correct. After verification and authentication, you will be given a new colorful voter i-card by the Election Commission.