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India Elections in Summer – Anywhere Voting

It is unfortunate that General Elections in India are held this time in summer, since many people are likely to be traveling on vacations to coincide with the school summer holidays. I know that there is an option to go to Indian Embassy in the specific country to cast your vote but unfortunately there is no such option if you are traveling within the country. I guess the main problem to solve is to get a list of people who are traveling to places where they will be instead of the place where they are supposed to vote, setting up – may be just one – voting center in each of the 1st,2nd & 3rd tier cities and sending the people list to each of those voting centers. Getting the list through an internet web site or thru’ SMS should not be a problem but the main logistical issue is setting up these voting centers in the same day when they are supposed to vote in their residential place. Also we can not cover every small village in the country. Of course people who will be on the train on the day of voting will miss out but that is very very small percentage. This looks like something which is worth trying if this happens in future but I am not what percentage of people really missed out on voting due to travel, considering the paltry voter turn-out in this election. I am not sure how other countries handle such a situation, may be we can learn from them as well.

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    May 15, 2009 at 8:56 am

    “I know that there is an option to go to Indian Embassy in the specific country to cast your vote”

    There is no such option for the common folk. All that is there in the name of “postal ballot” is for government officials stationed abroad or on poll duty within the country.

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