The voting process for the 17th Lok Sabha Elections have begun today and Google is encouraging people to vote through its doodle. The interactive Google doodle features an inked finger, which when clicked on, directs the individual to a webpage that educates people on how to vote and about the voting process at a polling booth for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Along with this, the webpage provides other important information that can be helpful for people who are voting for the first time.

The webpage educates the voters on how to vote, where to vote, how to use EVM, the voting process at the polling booth among other things. It says, “You can vote only if your name appears in the Voter List (also known as Electoral Roll).”

Google doodle also explains how to vote with the use of videos. The voters can also find their polling booth, “Voters can go to electoralsearch.in or use Voter Helpline App to find their polling booth.”

They can also call their voter helpline on “1950”, and for polling station location SMS <ECIPS> space <EPIC No> to 1950. The voters should keep in mind that mobile phones, cameras or any other gadgets are not allowed inside a polling booth.

The voters should note that they can carry any of the recognised ID cards for polling which include-Voter ID card, Passport, Driving License, PAN Card, Aadhaar Card, Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office among other identity cards.

The 2019 General Elections will be conducted in seven phases on April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19, 2019. The counting of the votes will take place on May 23 and the results will be announced the same say.

The Vidhan Sabha elections for Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim will be conducted in parallel to the Lok Sabha elections.