Missing Voters: I Traveled 500 Km To My Hometown To Vote, But Couldn’t

Harshita RS
When I checked for my name in the voters' list, to my horror I found that my name wasn’t included.

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BENGALURU, Karnataka — I am a 26-year-old software developer for a Bengaluru-based company. I did not vote in the 2019 general elections. But before you jump to conclusions and give me an hour-long lecture on how I failed to exercise my fundamental right and duty, read on.

When the second phase of voting ended in Bengaluru on April 18, the voter turnout in four constituencies were well below the turnout five years ago: Bangalore rural had a voter turn-out of 59.43 percent compared to 66.45 percent in 2014, Bangalore north had a 48.19 percent turnout compared to 56.53 percent in 2014, Bangalore Central had a turnout of only 45.34 percent  compared to 55.64 percent in 2014, and Bangalore south had a turnout of 49.36 percent compared to 55.75 per cent in 2014.

Most people blame us —Bengaluru’s “techies” — for not getting involved and wandering off on a vacation because for most of us it was a long weekend. I can’t speak for everyone, but there are people who did try their level best to cast a vote, like me.

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