What is Election Ink ? | indelible ink

During the General Elections, a special type of ink is apply on the finger of the voters during voting. This ink is used to prevent from multiple voting. An interesting thing about this ink is that, there is only one company in India which produce indelible ink for the voting Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited located in the city of Mysore, India. This company supply the entire country to indelible ink for the voting, even exports abroad too.


This indelible ink is used on the finger nail as a powerful weapon to prevent from fake voting during the elections, it was first manufactured by the Mysore Lac and Paints Limited, established in year 1937 by Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wadiyar. After the country’s independence in 1947, Mysore Lac and paints Limited became a public sector company. Now this company is known as Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd. Currently the company is owned and operated by the Government of Karnataka and makes export of indelible ink for every election in the country. This ink was first used in the third general election in India in 1962.

Contains of Indelible Ink

The  indelible ink which is used in voting is contain Silver Nitrate and manufacturing process is secret and is based on a chemical formula devised by the National Physical Laboratory of India, which leaves a stain on the finger skin when the sunlight falls on it, which does not easily disappear from finger. After applying the finger, the Silver Nitrate creates Silver Chloride by acting with the Sodium Chloride (Salt) present in the sweat coming out of the skin. When exposed to sunlight, this Silver Chloride convert into Metallic Silver. Metallic silver is not soluble in water or varnish that means does not cleaned by water, so it can not be easily cleaned from a finger, almost mark stays on the finger 10-20 days.

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