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Advice of Tender Votes, Challenge Vote, voting using Aadhaar Card or Voter Id card viral on Social media

Viral Claim: When you reach polling booth and find that your name is not in voter list, just show your Aadhaar card or voter ID and ask for " challenge vote" under section 49A and cast your vote.

Facts Check: Partially true.

Viral News in Social Media Twitter / Facebook / WhatsApp / Others Examples:

👉When You reach polling booth and find that your name is not in the voter list, just show your Aadhaar card or Voter ID & ask for "Challenge Vote" under section 49A & cast your vote

👉If you find that someone has already cast your vote, then ask for "tender vote" & cast your vote

👉 When you reach polling booth and find that your name is not in voter list, just show your Aadhaar card or voter ID and ask for " challenge vote" under section 49A and cast your vote.

👉 If you find that someone has already cast your vote, then ask for "tender vote"

When you reach polling booth and find that your name is not in voter list, just show your AADHAAR CARD or VOTER ID, ask for "CHALLENGE VOTE" under section 49A & cast your vote.
If you find that someone has already cast your vote, then ask for "TENDER VOTE" & cast your vote. 1/2

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Facts Check Analysis The above message is viral on social media as challenge vote, tender votes, etc. It advices a voter what he should do if he is not able to cast his vote and someone has already cast the vote in his name.

The entire claim is wrong..

Case 1: If your name is not in the electoral rolls than you are absolutely not eligible to vote. You can show anything you like, but you are not allowed to vote. The Election Commission of India issues the Voter ID card to the people of India, based on their constituency. Simply if you have your voter Id card, it doesn’t mean you are eligible to vote. It is mandatory for anyone to have his name appear in the electoral roll for him/her to vote.

Case 2: There is nothing like ‘challenge vote’, though we have the term Challenged Vote

As per Handbook for Presiding Officers, October 2018

A Challenged Vote is when the polling agents challenge the identity of an elector and the presiding officer holds an inquiry into the challenge.

Case 3, tender vote: A voter who finds out that his vote has been already cast. Is entitled to recast and request for a tender vote. Tender Votes are cast using a ballot paper and are sealed and locked away. They can be only opened on the instructions of a court.