ELECTIONS IN INDIA
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids|September 2020
ELECTIONS IN INDIA
The United States had 200 million registered voters in 2016. That’s a lot of voters, and it takes a lot of organization to set up the election process. Now imagine a country that needs to organize about 900 million voters every time it holds an election. Welcome to India.
Marcia Amidon Lusted

India is a large country with a population of 1,380,004,385 people. That’s about a fifth of the world’s population. India has 29 states and seven union territories. It covers an area of 1,269,219 square miles, compared to 3,795,967 square miles for the United States. But with so many more people in a smaller area, elections are difficult to organize efficiently. More than 900,000 separate polling stations are needed to accommodate all of India’s eligible voters. The amount of money India spends to run elections is second only to the United States.

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September 2020