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
- 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! 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.
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.
Assisting individuals to register to vote.
Increasing the ratio of female voters to male voters (currently at ~0.8)
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.
Increasing voter turnout by at least 20% (currently at ~40-60% depending on region).