San Francisco, 1 December 2016 – The Philippine Consulate General is pleased to announce that Filipino citizens overseas may now register as overseas voters for the 2019 Philippine National Elections.
What you need to register:
- An accomplished and signed application form (download here);
- A valid Philippine Passport;
- If you don’t have a valid passport, submit your NSO birth certificate (sample) and a valid Green Card (orginal and photocopy for both);
- If you are a Seafarer: a photocopy of your Seaman’s Book or any other document that will prove that you are a seafarer should also be submitted in addition to “1” and “2” above; and,
- If you are a Dual Citizen: please submit your Dual Citizenship certificate (original and photocopy). Dual citizens do not need to submit items #2 and #3.
The registration period will end on 30 September 2018.
Personal appearance is required, since the registrant will need to provide biometrics.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. I already registered as an overseas voter years ago. Do I need to register again?
That depends if you voted! If you have voted in the 2013 and/or 2016 National Elections, then you are still registered.
However, if you failed to vote in two consecutive elections (2013 and 2016 elections), then COMELEC would have deactivated your registration record.
Here is the list of deactivated records (click link). The list is alphabetical by surname, so scroll down to search for your last name (or press CTRL F to search if you are using a computer). If your name appears in the list, then you will need to apply for reactivation at the Consulate. Please bring the same documents stated above.
2. Do I need to register to vote?
Yes! Same as in the United States, Filipino citizens need to register in order to vote. This is to protect the integrity of the election process. If you are not registered, then you must register within the registration period in order to receive a ballot.
3. If I fail to register during the registration period, can’t I just take someone else’s ballot?
No, because that will deprive that person of their opportunity to vote. There is only one (1) ballot allocated for every registered voter’s name.
4. When is the next election?
The next election is on May 2019.
5. What positions will be on the 2019 election ballot?
In the 2019 National Election, registered voters will be able to vote for Senators and Party List Representatives.
6. I’m still confused! Who can I ask?
You can send us a message by clicking this. Due to the large number of messages we receive, please allow 1-3 working days for a reply. Please don’t forget to include your full name, mobile number, and email address. Include as many details as possible regarding your question.
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