If you look at first world countries election commissions and polling for national elections has
dramatically changed. Just think of how one little social security number links all your constitutional
rights in the United States of America.
Similarly with the digital boom in India, and more and more young voters turning up at polling stations
the accessibility of voting rights is a crucial element in determining a healthy ecosystem for our
Just a day after the Supreme Court has laid out the verdict in regard to our Adhaar card validation, we
are seeing the polling systems changing. Trying to make online voting accessible to people. This indeed
has a positive side if you come to think of. The larger voter turnout, means we avoid votes being laid off
Yet, there is a similar catch to the price of a technologically driven election commission. That is, should
we link our Adhaar card to our Voter ID, and should it be a mandatory thing to do. Right after the
Supreme Court verdict, the Indian Election Commission is set to plead to make the linkage between the
Adhaar card and Voter ID a voluntary task.
But, then again while it is a voluntary thing to do, the Election Commission wants to add perks to be able
to vote online. Just think about the differently abled people who have the full constitutional right to vote
but can’t just because of their physical circumstances. This kind of linking and availing of online voting
and polling stations mean India doesn’t alienate any voter, anywhere.
Now, guys, this is where everything gets tricky. Our constitution is built to solve the institutional crisis.
And constitutionally, no Indian citizen can be denied the right to vote, even if they refuse to link their
Adhaar card to their Voter ID. The fact, that the Election Commission is softening their stance at this is a
good thing. Yet, the Supreme Court and the central government believe making it mandatory will curb
This brings us to a point where our individual civil rights and the right to build a healthy ecosystem for
democracy is positioned at the same time. Incentivizing the right to vote online is definitely a positive
step yet, denying citizens their right to vote in instances where their Adhaar card is not linked to their
voter ID too is a grey spot for our government at hand. You can check more information here.
Which rule of law shall be upheld is still a matter for the Supreme Court to decide on. Even if 32 Lakh
Adhaar cards are linked to their voter ID’s, the Supreme Court is still reviewing petitions in order to
make the polling system smoother and available to all Indian citizens everywhere in India.