Published: 18th April 2019
Is your vote Ink stain wearing off with soap, nail polish remover? You are not alone
Some FB users put up statuses about the voter ink getting washed out just a while after it was applied on their fingers
Imagine feeling all proud about casting your vote and then preparing to tell the world about it through social media. But when you get home, your father tells you to quickly finish up breakfast, so you eat and then go wash your hands. Then just as you position your phone camera to take a good picture of your inked finger for that post you had been planning for Facebook, you notice the ink is not there anymore. Well, this seems to have been the case for at least a couple of peeps on social media.
A lot of people took to social media to rant about how the "unremovable ink" washed right off their index fingers when they washed their hands. The ink is usually supposed to stay atleast for a couple of weeks and it is applied to prevent any sort of electoral fraud. With news of EVM's tuned to only one candidate to reports of how almost every other EVM was replaced because of glitches, the ink seemed to be the simplest and most reliable way to ensure some honesty prevailed in these elections.
But the ink didn't seem to stay long enough to create an impact.
Some voters though wanted to just have some fun and check if the ink was actually indelible. A lot of the voters shared stories of how just a dash of nail polish remover was enough to remove evidence of you casting a vote. In a Facebook post, Gee Semmelar said, "I confirm that the indelible mark I got after voting has been removed by Lakme nail polish remover easily. So much for democracy." Another FB user, Priya said, "Not even nail polish remover, just soap and water does the trick. I know the history of indelible ink, CSIR's own proud product. So I'm not sure what to say here."
Another person, Vignesh, put up a status saying, "I think the election commission ordered vote ink from Patanjali. It goes off just by washing hands." A lot of other people on FB said that they felt the ink had been diluted and it "just wasn't the same as it used to be."
Many people are joking about the ink washing out so easily, however, maybe it's something the EC should take care about in the future.