Welcome to the hottest season, hottest for elections 2k19. Okay coming back to the statistics of the year 2014, there were about 24 millions new voters. Sadly it is about two-thirds youth voters who voted this year. Young voters play an extremely important role in Indian Lok Sabha Elections. There are many states where there is number of youths who have to garner their support in the field of improving the education system, greater job opportunities, and skill development. We should know that the Indian youth voters are still remaining skeptical of both legitimacy and the voting system.
The most important question raised over here is do Indian youths understand the importance of voting. Well, the survey mentioned 2, 00,000 Indians who are aged from 18 to 35 in the year 2019. The surveyed regions include Delhi, the national capital, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Pune. After the survey, the conclusion was that 85% of the youths mentioned that voting is compulsory for a country like India. Even our youths mentioned they perform extensive research before casting their vote. Hence we can come up with a positive factor that Indian youths do understand the importance of voting, and they too wants to accomplish their right to vote as a citizen of India. Today’s youth generally engage themselves in politics through social media or online forums.
However, if we look down understanding the importance of voting does not increase the confidence among the youths to vote. There are quarters of millennial that are still skeptical about the electronic voting machine (EVM). For elections and state elections, EVMs have completely replaced the ballot papers. People are still in doubt about the EVMs though there is an installed Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in all the polling stations. This is one of the reasons why Indian youth does not vote. There are about 45% of youth voters who did not go back to their states in order to vote. This is a significant number of major youth voters. In the year of 2014, there was about 63.8% voting turnout with an exposing lost vote. One of the main reason stated by the youths were they study abroad and could not return to their home states because of exams and study pressure. This is one of the biggest problems behind lost votes. Youths face problems especially in the field of pragmatic factors which castes a bar to vote. The only way to solve this problem is by providing a digital medium where people can vote even after staying away from home. This can be an efficient way of voting for the youngsters.
The urgent need is to find a solution to the issue of ‘lost votes’. Indian youth should understand the need to vote and exercise their rights in voting the right people without making any impractical sacrifices. The fact which says that voting must be compulsory proves that Indian youth will surely vote if they get the right chance to do so. Whether in this or in the next term, the voting process must be altered in order to prevent the issues of ‘lost votes’.