Ensuring the right for voting for those who have moved away from their ‘permanent address’.
Like today’s India, countless Indians are on the move. For work or education. And so are our banks accounts which automatically travel with us. And also our mobile phone numbers and income tax liabilities. Perhaps the only thing that doesn’t is our right to vote. That’s tied to the place where it’s registered in. Tied down by a rule that subtracts crores of Indians from our country’s democratic equation. It’s time to change this. Time to turn these lost votes into votes that count. Because they can shape the destiny of our nation.
It’s just all numbers.
So, losing out on 280 million votes is not just a few lost votes and voices, but it is as bad as ignoring the collective voice of 20 democratically vibrant nations! That is HUGE. Now imagine is the 280 million lost votes are mostly young people, that’s a thriving democracy being held hostage by lost votes.
You’re probably thinking they couldn’t care less. I’m not denying that for one minute. I too have many friends who don’t find it important to vote and we have endless debates – we often ask them if they are even right in shaming the state of affairs in India if they couldn’t even be bothered to vote. This argument goes on….rather pointlessly I must admit.
3. Your job takes you to different cities frequently. It’s really cumbersome to have to keep updating your address.
It’s strange how effectively and efficiently other services keep up with the changes in your life.
You can port your mobile number across states, and now even across telecom service providers.
You can update your Aadhar details online as frequently as you need to.
Your bank account details don’t change. You can move across India and bank seamlessly.
So if everything keeps pace with you moving – why does the same not apply to our vote?
The Times of India initiative to make our votes mobile like us is great and really the need of the hour. We are just a few months away from another big election so let’s make our voices heard.
Support the petition at www.lostvotes.com
I support this campaign and I urge you to do your bit as well. The Times of India campaign, conceptualised and created by J Walter Thompson, believes that Indians on the move within the country are as entitled to their franchise as those living abroad or serving in the Army.
Thru the #LostVotes campaign, Times of India will submit a petition to thew Election Commission of India and our jolly netas (!!) to make it possible for EVERY Indian to vote irrespective of where he/she maybe temporarily located. If we have the political and administrative will, today’s wolrd certainly has the technological will to make that happen.
Forms are available online to update your details.
At the very least, ensure you are on the voter list.