How To Register as a Voter for the upcoming May 2022 Elections

More so than an interesting time, this time is tough for a lot of people. It’s true that it is during this kind of time do the people see how their elected officials deal with the people they have promised to be of service to. Hence, the importance of being able to decide who you place your votes on is really relevant. Being able to vote is definitely a right that may be seen by some as something minuscule, but that single vote actually is a huge decision that would impact not only an individual’s life, but also the life of a community, and yes, even of a country.

And so, if you are not a registered voter yet and you are planning to register to be able to practice that right and be able to obtain a Voter’s ID, then you are in the right page. However, do take note that The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) would like to inform the public that the generation and distribution of Voter’s ID cards has been put on hold as a result of the approval by the House of Representatives of a bill seeking to establish a national identification system, which proposes only one ID for all government transactions.

Basically, there’s no separate ID card anymore for when you are a voter, because the UMID Card stands for that now. If you don’t have that yet, click here to know more about it.

Anyway, back to being a registered voter, Voter Registration is a requirement for any qualified Filipino citizen who wishes to vote in any Philippine election. It is considered a requirement as according to Republic Act No. 8189, it is the act of accomplishing and filing of a sworn application for registration by a qualified voter before the election officer of the city or municipality wherein he [or she] resides and including the same in the book of registered voters upon approval by the Election Registration Board. However, there are also qualifications which a person needs to meets if he or she wants to be a registered voter, especially the upcoming May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections.

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Qualifications to Register

May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections:

  1. At least eighteen (18) years of age on or before May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections;
  2. A resident of the Philippines for at least one (1) year and in the place wherein he/she proposes to vote, for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections; and
  3. Not otherwise disqualified by law.

Any person who has not reached the required voting age or period of residence on the day of registration but will possess such qualifications on or before the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections, may register as a voter. However, the reception of their applications shall commence only on May 10, 2021 (at least one year prior to election day).

With that being said and for a more specific rundown of not being qualified to register as a voter, here are some caveats.

Disqualifications to Register

The following are disqualified from filing applications for registration:

  1. Any person who has been sentenced by final judgment to suffer imprisonment for not less than one (1) year, such disability not having been removed by plenary pardon or amnesty;
  2. Any person who has been adjudged by final judgment by a competent court or tribunal of having committed any crime involving disloyalty to the duly-constituted government, such as, rebellion, insurrection, violation of the firearms laws, or any crime against national security unless restored to his/her full civil and political rights in accordance with law; and
  3. Insane or incompetent person as declared by competent authority unless subsequently declared by proper authority that such person is no longer insane or incompetent.

Any person disqualified to register under paragraphs (a) and (b) above shall automatically reacquire the right to register and vote after the expiration of five (5) year service of sentence.

Now, with all that discussed and if you have met the qualifications to being a registered voter for the upcoming May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections, let’s move on to what requirements do you need to present.

Documentary Requirements

A person has to establish his (or her) identity upon filing his (or her) application. The following are valid identification documents:

  1. Employee’s identification card (ID), with the signature of the employer or authorized representative;
  2. Postal ID;
  3. PWD Discount ID;
  4. Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority;
  5. Senior Citizen’s ID;
  6. Driver’s license;
  7. NBI clearance;
  8. Passport;
  9. SSS/GSIS ID;
  10. Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID;
  11. License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC);
  12. Certificate of Confirmation issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in case of members of ICCs or IPs; and
  13. Any other valid ID.

In the absence of any of the above-mentioned identification documents, the applicant may be identified under oath by any registered voter of the precinct where he/ she intends to be registered, or by any of his/her relatives within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity. No registered voter or relative shall be allowed to identify more than three (3) applicants.

Do take note that Community Tax Certificates (Cedula) and PNP Clearance shall not be honored as valid identification documents for purposes of registration.

If the applicant fails to establish his/her identity by any of the aforementioned methods/documents, he/she shall not be issued an application form, nor shall his/her pre-accomplished application form be accepted.

Voter Registration Application Process

Pursuant to Section 12 of Resolution No. 9853, here is the procedure to follow:

1. A qualified applicant need only to appear personally at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO), the local COMELEC office.
2. The applicant’s identity and residence will then be verified through requirements that have been discussed above.

Bring a Valid ID with photograph and signature

3. The applicant’s status of registration will also be verified.

This may be done using a computer application at the OEO.

4. After a successful verification of the applicant’s identity and status of registration, he (or she) shall be given three (3) copies of the application forms to fill out.

An Application Form is also available for download on the Comelec’s Website. This form may be downloaded, printed, and may be accomplished before proceeding to the OEO to save on time. However, it should only be signed and thumbmarked before the EO.

5. The applicant’s biometrics will then be digitally captured using the Voter Registration Machine (VRM) by an authorized VRM Operator.
6. An Acknowledgment Receipt will be given to the applicant afterwards.
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