Google has been displaying a specialized doodle on its home page since the start of the Lok Sabha Elections in India on April 11, 2019. Today, the search giant continues with that theme to mark the beginning of the Phase 4 of the Indian Elections 2019. The scribble appears only in India reflects the importance of elections and the democratic process of choosing candidates for key civic roles in the country. The Doodle, like those that mark the previous phases of the 2019 General Elections, is covered in red, blue, green and yellow colors and the second “O” in the Google logo is replaced by a hand that shows the ink blue on the index finger. This denotes the general confirmation of whether or not a person has cast their vote during the elections.
If a user clicks on the Google Doodle, they are taken to the “How to Vote” page, where Google has curated the guidelines on who can vote. In the first line, Google clarifies that only those whose name appears on the voters list (also known as the electoral list) can vote in the general elections of India. “Voters can also find information on polling places, competition candidates, election dates and times, ID cards and EVM,” Google adds. There is also a point-by-point guide on the voting process in the voting booth, which will be a good start for more than 50 million people who vote for the first time.
Those who vote during the fourth phase of the general election should keep in mind that cell phones, cameras or any other device are not allowed inside the polling place. In addition to the voting process, Google also has updated guidelines on how to verify if your name appears on the voters list and then verify the name of the candidates participating in your location. There are also guidelines on how to find the voting booth and how to use EVM. Google has obtained this information directly from the Indian Elections Commission and simplifies the process, which would otherwise have required visiting several web pages.
To remember, India’s 2019 General Elections are the largest elections for a democratic country and almost 900 million people are expected to cast their votes. The election takes place in seven phases and the fourth phase of the vote takes place today. The voting in phases will continue until May 19 and the final results will be declared on May 23. Prime Minister Narendra Modi of BJP is the incumbent, while the opposition has formed an alliance to compete against his government.