This week Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 aimed at linking electoral roll data with Aadhaar cards was passed by the Rajya Sabha a day after receiving a nod from the Lok Sabha. The bill was piloted by Law Minister Kiren Rijiju. For those who are unaware, the new bill seeks to allow electoral registration officers to ask for the 12-digit Aadhaar number of the applicants who wish to register as voters to establish their identity.
As per the bill, the electoral registration officers may also need the Aadhaar number from people that are already included in the electoral roll to for authentication of entries and to avoid duplicacies. A provision of the bill also mentions that the providing Aadhaar information for the electoral registration is voluntary. This means it is not compulsory for people who want to register as a voter or people who are already registered voters to provide their Aadhaar number.
If you wish to link your Aadhaar number with voter ID, you can do it now as well through the internet, SMS or a phone call. To know how to link your Aadhaar card to voter ID, you can follow these steps.
How to link Aadhaar card to voter ID through SMS:
-Open an SMS app on your phone.
-Go to new message and type
-Send the SMS to 51969 or 166.
How to link Aadhaar card to voter ID through phone call:
Call 1950 from your phone. Please note that the service is only available between 10am and 5pm on weekdays.
Follow the instructions that you listen and provide the Aadhar and voter ID details as asked.
How to link Aadhaar card to voter ID through internet:
-On a web browser, go to the voter portal in the official website of Election Commission of India https://voterportal.eci.gov.in/
-Use your email address, phone number, voter ID number and password to login to the portal. You can also create a password if you are a new user of the portal.
-After logging in, enter your district and state followed by your personal details such as your name, father’s name and date of birth.
-Click on the search button and you will be able to see your details on the government’s database.
-Click on the Feed Aadhaar No. option. You can find the option at the left side of your screen.
-Now enter your Aadhaar number, voter ID number, registered email address or your registered phone number.
-Click on the Submit button.