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What Is Postal Voting?

What Is postal voting?

The Election Commission of India has allowed journalists to cast their votes through postal ballot facility.

  • Any absentee voter wishing to vote by postal ballot has to make an application to the returning officer in Form-12D, giving all requisite particulars and get the application verified by the nodal officer appointed by the organisation concerned.
  • Any voter opting for postal ballot facility would not be able to cast a vote at the polling station.
  • Currently, the following voters are also allowed to cast their votes through postal ballot:
    • Service voters (armed forces, the armed police force of a state and government servants posted abroad),
    • Voters on election duty,
    • Voters above 80 years of age or Persons with Disabilities (PwD),
    • Voters under preventive detention.
  • A restricted set of voters can exercise postal voting. Through this facility, a voter can cast her vote remotely by recording her preference on the ballot paper and sending it back to the election officer before counting.
  • Representation of the People Act, 1951 provides for the actual conduct of elections in India.