Allow Indians on the Move to Vote from their Current Location #LostVotes
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What do Pranjal, an IIT student and Vinod, an Uber driver have in common? Neither can vote in the 2019 elections. Because they study and work in cities away from their hometowns.
“We discuss politics a lot at IIT, Delhi. I was so keen to vote in my hometown Kota in the recent Rajasthan elections. But sadly I couldn’t make it as I couldn’t afford to skip my studies for 3-4 days,” says Pranjal.
Etah-resident Vinod drives an Uber cab in Noida. “I didn’t have the money or the time to travel 200 kilometres to cast a vote in the UP elections. It would have been a lot simpler if the location of a voter did not matter, only the vote did,” he says.
Like Pranjal and Vinod, crores of Indians are on the move. For work or education. And many have voter cards but live far away from their constituencies where they are registered.
It’s time to make every Indian’s vote count.
Unlike numerous services - like mobile phone numbers, bank accounts and Aadhaar number - that remain the same whether you live in Agra or Agartala, our voting right doesn’t move with us.
This is one of the biggest reasons why millions of Indians were not able to vote in the 2014 elections.
Sign this petition asking the Election Commission of India to make it possible for every Indian with a voters card to cast their vote no matter where they live in India - in their constituency or thousands of kilometres away.
Afterall, if NRIs can vote by proxy, why can’t Indians on the move right here in India?
It’s time to turn these #LostVotes into votes that count. Because they can shape the destiny of our nation.
If you wish to sign the petition in Hindi, click here: https://change.org/lostvoteshindi
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