Link Voter ID with Aadhaar Card: The Government of India, passed the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill 2021 in Lok Sabha on 20th December 2021 and in Rajya Sabha on 21st December 2021. Link Voter ID with Aadhaar Card is the major amendment of the Bill that has grabbed attention and after the farm bill, this Bill is also facing objections from the opposition. Prior to the assembly elections in various states including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab, etc, the Union Government passed the Bill so that the fake voters can be identified and eliminated.
After the Farm bill, this election reforms bill has become the talk of the town. The Union Law Minister stated that it is not compulsory to link Electoral Roll with Aadhaar Card. It will be a voluntary practice. The opposition parties have raised various questions regarding the privacy and security of the Aadhaar Database. As per the government, the law will eradicate fake electoral and will make sure that a voter is registered only in a single list and not on multiple voter lists.
Link Voter ID with Aadhaar Card
The second biggest amendment in the law is the increase in the number of Qualifying dates. Earlier there used to be one qualifying date i.e., 1st January of every year for updating the voting rolls but after the amendment, there will be four qualifying dates i.e. in the month of January, April, July, and October.
It means if a citizen has become eligible (turned 18) for voting but his/her name is not in the electoral roll then he can apply for the same on the said date. The linking process will be primarily online. Those who do not have access to the internet could also link it offline. However, official information regarding the linking of Aadhaar and Electoral Roll is yet to be released by the Government.
To get more refined information about the linking process and various aspects of the new election laws, readers can go through the information shared in this article. Here we have discussed all the prospective methods of linking voters with Aadhaar.
Aadhaar Card Voter Id Link Bill: An Overview
|Topic||Aadhaar Card Voter ID Link|
|Concerned Bill||The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill|
|Passed by||Government of India|
|Concerned Ministry||Ministry of Law and Justice|
|Minister||Mr Kiren Rijuji|
|Applicability from||To be announced|
|Mode of Linking||Online/ Offline|
Key Points regarding Aadhaar Card and Voter Card Linking
Following are some of the key points related to the election reform bill that Law Minister Kiren Rijuji tweeted through his official Twitter handle-
- The point states that linking will not compromise Aadhaar Data security in any condition. It will only permit validation and authentication through a powerful system.
- It will be voluntary.
- It will not affect the secrecy of ballet. EVM will not be linked to Aadhaar.
- Profiling of voters will not be possible.
- Linking will not lead to automatic deletion from the voter list.
How to Link Voter ID with Aadhaar Card?
In case linking of Voter ID to an Aadhaar Card becomes mandatory, all the citizens had to link their Aadhar with the Voter within the given timeframe. As stated by the government it would be voluntary, which means, those who wish to link can go for it.
Now, those who are wondering how they can link the documents note that the government has not issued an official order regarding the process of linking. In this section, we have discussed some of the methods by using which citizens could link their Voter Id with the Aadhaar Ecosystem. As soon as official information regarding the linking process will be issued by the Government, we will update it here.
Have a look at the both Online and Offline linking processes shared here-
Linking Through NVSP (Online)
The given procedure is for those who are enrolling for a fresh Voter ID-
- Visit the official website of NVSP.
- Create an account on the portal if you are a new user.
- For registration, you have to fill in all the information mentioned on the respective file.
- After completing the registration find the appropriate link on the page for Aadhaar-Voter linking.
- Provide the Aadhaar no.
- Fill in the OTP sent to the registered number for Aadhaar Authentication.
- Follow the further instructions and complete the linking process.
Eligible voters can visit the official website of NVSP, Voter Portal or State election commission portal to link their UID with the Voter ID. The link will be provided on the aforesaid portals. Electors have to keep their Aadhaar details and registered numbers handy so that they can easily complete the linking process.
Linking through SMS
For offline linking, voters have to type an SMS in the given format to 166 or 51969-
<Voter Id No.> <Aadhaar No.>
Linking through Call
Voters can also complete the linking process by making a call to the call centres established by Government. They just have to provide the necessary information.
Linking through BLO
Voters can also contact the respective Booth Level Officers for linking.