The number of voters in Madhya Pradesh has gone up from 4.66 crores in 2013 to 5.03 crore in 2018. Of these, 2,63,14,957 are males and 2,40,77,719 females. Of these, 1,37,83,383 voters belong to the age group of 20-29 years, which is the biggest segment. Mahobai, a 104-year-old resident of Badnapur village in Burhanpur, is the eldest registered voter in Madhya Pradesh who will vote for the 14th time. There has also been an improvement in gender ratio from 905 women per 1000 men earlier to 917 women for 1000 men now.
1,410 people have registered themselves as the third gender, which has also gone up by almost 500 from last time. In 2013, 970 people had registered themselves as the third gender. Tamil Nadu has the highest registered third gender voters at 4,720. 18 years ago, Shabnam Mausi, country’s first eunuch MLA was elected in a bypoll from Sohagpur seat in Katni in 2000. However, when she went to the Congress office to take primary membership, she was turned down.
Madhya Pradesh legislative assembly tenure ends on 7th January 2019 and the state is expected to go to the polls by year-end.