What is a Voting Machine?

Last updated on May 28, 2024

An Electronic Voting Machine1 consists of two Units – a Control Unit and a Balloting Unit – joined by a five-meter cable. The Control Unit is kept with the Presiding Officer or a Polling Officer and the Balloting Unit is placed inside the voting compartment, where you vote. The Presiding Officer or the Polling Officer releases the ballot for you so that you can cast your vote.

A list of candidates’ names and symbols will be available with a blue button next to it. You have to press the button next to the name of the candidate’s name that you wish to vote for. If you do not wish to vote for any particular candidate, then you have the option to select the NOTA – None of the Above option in the EVM Machine.

Right after you have voted, you will see a green light on the VVPAT Machine will be placed next to the EVM Machine, which will indicate that you have voted. You will also see a printed slip which is printed containing the serial number, name and symbol of the candidate which you can see through a transparent window for 7 seconds. This printed slip automatically gets cut and falls in the sealed drop box of the VVPAT.

You cannot vote more than once and even if you make a mistake, you cannot undo it. Even if your name comes twice in the electoral roll or your name comes in two different constituencies electoral rolls, you can only vote once. If you vote twice, then both your votes are not counted.

There is nothing you have to do after all this is over. Once you exit the polling station, you have completed the voting process.

  1. Section 61A, The Representation of People Act, 1951; Electronic Voting Machines, Election Commission available at https://eci.gov.in/evm/ []

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

Please share your feedback about this post!

Sharing feedback will help us improve our content. Tell us how!

If you want to keep your feedback confidential, please mention it in your feedback. If you have a question, please ask us in the comments or Ask Nyaaya sections.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a question you want to ask our legal experts?

Related Resources

How do you vote?

This post deals voting process.Before you go to the polling station, please verify if your name is on the electoral roll of your constituency.

What are Lok Sabha elections?

Through the Lok Sabha elections, you are electing the Members of Parliament who will represent your constituency at the national level.

How do you cast a Postal Ballot as a Service Voter?

A registered service voter in home constituency and posted elsewhere during elections, will be sent postal ballots.

Can you vote without a Voting Card?

You may vote without a voting card. You can carry any of the acceptable government documents to the polling station to cast your vote.

Who can vote in Lok Sabha elections?

All citizens over the age of 18 has the right to participate and vote in national, state, district as well as local government body elections.

What happens on a Voting Day?

The announcement of voting dates will be made by the Election Commission of India and it is made available on their website.