Digital voter ID cards – e-EPIC (Elector Photo Identity Cards)
On February 26th, the Election Commission rolled out the electronic version of the voters’ photo identity card on National Voter Day.
Here is what you need to know about e-EPIC (Elector Photo Identification Cards) or digital voter ID cards:
* The e-voter card is available in a non-editable PDF format. When needed, it can be self-printed and laminated by the elector.
* The ID card can be stored and downloaded to personal computers on cell phones. In systems such as automated lockers, they can also be stored.
* On polling days, voters in poll-bound West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Pondicherry will be able to use an e-voter card. Elections are due in April-May in these states and the territories of the union.
* Each time there is a change of address due to relocation, the digital card would remove the need for a voter to get a new card.
* The traditional physical ‘PV’ voting card will continue to be used.
* After it is accepted, the digital cards would remove the wait for delivery of the physical EPIC.
All new voters registered during Special Summary Revision 2021 will receive an SMS and may download e-EPIC between January 25 and 31, 2021. All new voters registered during Special Summary Revision 2021, those who applied during November-December 2020, and whose mobile number is unique when applying.
* All other general voters, whether they have a specific mobile number in the e-Roll, will be able to download their e-EPIC as of February 1, 2021. Alternatively, before downloading the e-EPIC, they will have to undergo a (KYC) process.
* Voters who have lost or destroyed their EPIC card can download duplicate cards free of charge. This facility currently entails a charge of Rs 25.