The election season is upon us. And even though the entire focus should be on voting for the right candidate, it is also important to make voting easier for yourself and your loved ones.
When you think of all the previous election days, what picture pops in your head? You standing under the scorching sun in a long queue, waving your hands in front of your face in a weak attempt to direct some fresh air but to no avail, while your stomach also grumbling from hunger. It can be even more daunting for elderly people, with dizzy spells caused by the sun.
For first-time voters, this can turn out to be even more tedious.
But, this can be prevented and election day doesn’t has to be so tasking anymore. We have a few tips that will help you make this voting day easier.
Here are a few tips to follow on how to stay healthy on election day
Keep yourself hydrated
Dehydration can cause dry mouth, dizziness/ lightheadedness, headache, fatigue, and even confusion. And these can cause distraction when you are out to make an important decision and vote. Make sure to carry a bottle or two of water and if you want to mix it up a little bit add a few slices of lemon. This will give you that fresh kick you will desire after standing under the sun.
Even better? Pack a few extra bottles, so that you can share it with the fellow voters!
Pack some food
You will most probably leave home early hoping to beat the crowd and get done with casting your vote, but to your dismay, you may still find a large crowd. We’ve covered the part where you keep yourself hydrated but what about that hunger? Because all that standing is bound to make you hungry, and given how almost every restaurant in the city will be closed, there is a slim chance that you will find anything to subdue your hunger.
So what do you do? Carry some biscuits maybe? Nope. because that won’t be enough! Pack your own food, it could be a simple sandwich of tomato and cheese or cucumber, tomato, and onion with a dash of ketchup or it could even be a plain butter and jam sandwich!
Making a Roll out of the leftover rotis from the night before is also a good option and so is carrying a box of cut fruit!
But make sure you pack something that is easy to carry and quick to eat.
Carry an umbrella
You may hope against hope that you will find a place with shade, where you can peacefully wait for your turn to cast the vote. But, more often than not, it might not be the case. It’s very likely that you will be stuck standing under the blazing sun.
The easiest way to beat that? Is to carry an umbrella! It’s a great way to shade yourself from the brutal sun.
Wear a pair of sunglasses
Adding a pair of sunglasses is advisable because it will protect your eyes from the harsh sunlight and also the dust that may cause irritation.
Place a hat on that head!
One other way to protect your hair and face from the sun on election day is to wear a cap/hat. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat is a great way to protect your hair, eyes, and skin from the sun’s UV rays. It can also help give added coverage for the skin on your ears and neck
Applying a good sunscreen during summer is crucial. And on the election day when you are going to be spending the majority of the day out in sun? It is highly advisable that you slather yourself with a good sunscreen that will protect you against both UVA and UVB rays which causes suntan or worse – horrible sunburn.
Caring for the elderly
When you step out on the election day to vote, you will find that the senior citizens of our country, matching their steps with the same vigor! But the long wait with minimal seating facilities can take a toll on them. Try to carry a small foldable chair with you, allow the elderly to move past you in the waiting line, and be kind to offer water and food.
Exclusive tips for first-time voters
People who will be casting their vote for the first time might be excited, but also a little lost on the do’s and don’ts of casting a vote. The following tips should help you ease and make you prepared for the big day!
- Make sure your name is on the voters list and to do that you can either log on to www.electoralsearch.in or call the Voter Helpline at 1950 (with your STD code).
- Research about your candidates on the Election Commission website.
- Find your polling booth by either calling at voter helpline at 1950 (with your STD code).
- At the polling booth, first polling officer checks the ID proof, second polling officer will ink your finger, give you a slip and take your signature on a register. You will have to deposit the slip at the third polling official and show your inked finger and then proceed to the polling booth.
- Record your vote by pressing the ballot button.