Vote For A Better India

Vote for a Better India is an initiative started by Volunteer for a Better India (VBI) organization in India. The organizations vision is to make India more socially vibrant, economically developed, culturally rooted and politically aware.
What is I Vote For A Better India (IVBI)
I Vote For A Better India (IVBI) is a campaign that aims at increasing the awareness and importance of voting in our civil society, especially the youth

Campaign objectives

  • Increase voter awareness regarding the importance of voting
  • Increase voter registration by registering 50%-65% of the unregistered voters before January 31, 2014 –50-80 million new voters / ~0.9-1.5 lakh voters per Parliamentary Constituency
  • Clean the electoral rolls to reduce bogus voting by ~ 50-80 million
  • Increase voting turnout by more than 20% (including cleaning the electoral rolls)

Why vote (The Power of the Vote!)

  • Every Vote Matters – In 2009, Mr. Joshi from Rajasthan lost his seat by one vote and his wife, driver and mother did not vote (for the same reason!).
  • On average on a per seat basis the winning candidate secures ~3 lakh votes (~20% of eligible voters) and wins with a margin of ~74,000 votes (~5% of all eligible voters and ~10% of eligible but non-voting voters)
  • Translated at a booth or neighbourhood level
  • if you and 50 other friends of yours decided to vote differently, the elections would have a different impact
  • If 1 out of 3 people who are eligible to vote but are not currently voting exercise their right to vote, they can make a completely new candidate win
  • If you do not take part in the democratic process, you have no right to complain about it! So you will then have to accept the fact that 20% of some random people decide your fate and the fate of the country for the next five years

How to make an Impact (projects)

  • Voteathon!

    VOTEATHON! is an inter-college competition that aims at increasing the awareness and importance of voting in our civil society, especially the youth, and thereby develops a sense of responsibility towards the country.

  • Voter Awareness:

    Educating individuals, especially the youth about the importance of involvement in the democratic process and using their right to vote so they feel empowered to bring about social change.

  • Voter Registration:

    Assisting individuals to register to vote.
    Increasing the ratio of female voters to male voters (currently at ~0.8)

  • Voter Deletion

    Cleaning the electoral rolls to reduce the ratio of bogus voting which is currently at ~20% and a major problem due to the large number of residual votes.

  • Voter Turnout

    Increasing voter turnout by at least 20% (currently at ~40-60% depending on region).