The none of the above (NOTA) button in electronic voting machines is one of the main reasons many youngsters will cast their votes this time.
Youngsters in Thane, especially those voting for the first time, are happy with this move.
"We have hardly taken any interest in politics all these years. With this option, now we are sure of casting our votes. Every other day there is some or the other scam reported in the newspapers. In such a corrupt surrounding, it is good that we have an option of NOTA," says 19-year-old Shrishti Banerjee, a resident of Hiranandani Meadows.
Another first-time voter, Abhishek Shinde, says, "NOTA is a better option rather than choosing the least corrupt. It also gives us a chance to exercise our fundamental right to vote. Many prefer to remain at home on the voting day as they do not have a proper candidate to choose from. But with NOTA we can cast our vote."
Earlier, people had this option of not casting their vote by writing a letter to the Election Commission. "But many do not prefer this option as it does not allow the vote to be a secret, especially at polling booths where members from various parties are also present. But, with NOTA in place, hopefully the educated class will come out and vote," says Bedekar.
However, this vote will not have a huge impact.
"No decision has been taken about the result in case there are more number of NOTA votes. So, the candidate who has the second highest number of votes after NOTA will be elected. Hopefully the candidate will have this feeling that they have not won because people did not want to vote," adds Bedekar.