As the Philippine national elections approach, Filipinos in the USA and other overseas locations need to prepare for the overseas voting process by checking the official voters’ list of the Philippine Embassy and consulates in the United States, researching various websites for the candidates, and obtaining a leave of absence from work to vote during the election period.
Filipinos residing in the USA stand to greatly benefit from the thorough preparations of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Even as the iRehistro platform undergoes maintenance, the embassy has ensured that the process of registering for overseas voting remains uninterrupted.
Filipinos can utilize the downloadable PDF-fillable form or opt to manually fill out the form available at the embassy.
This showcases the embassy’s commitment to ensuring that every eligible overseas Filipino voter in the USA has the opportunity to participate in the upcoming elections.
Moreover, the embassy provides extensive information on overseas absentee voting through their official website, ensuring that Filipinos have access to all the necessary details to make their voting experience seamless and informed.
Certified List of Overseas Voters in the USA
Filipinos living in the USA should familiarize themselves with the overseas voting process to ensure a smooth and hassle-free election experience. The Philippine Embassy is available to guide registered overseas Filipino voters through the election process.
Staff from the Philippine Embassy will provide directions on how to cast your vote in the upcoming elections. Before participating in the Philippine national elections from the USA, make sure to confirm that your name is included in the country’s Certified List of Overseas Voters (CLOV) which you can find here.
If you are a Filipino resident in the USA and require help with the overseas voting process or need to verify your details on the CLOV, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Embassy. The list is arranged alphabetically for easier navigation. Additionally, COMELEC officials may annotate the list with notes or comments. To validate your voter information from the list, you can use the quick shortcut provided in the next section.
Tip: To avoid scrolling through an extensive list of names, simply use the CTRL + F function. This will bring up a search box where you can type in your last name to find your details. Remember, the search function is case-sensitive, so make sure your name is entered correctly, and that there are no extra spaces or characters in the search field.
How to Find Your Name in List of Absentee Voters in the USA
Visit the website where the Philippine Embassy in the USA has displayed the Certified List of OFW Voters (CLOV). The list is sorted alphabetically by last names for easy navigation.
Locate the PDF file that matches the first letter of your last name and click to open it. The list is segmented into various PDFs, each one dedicated to a particular range of last names in alphabetical order.
Thoroughly review the list to find your name. If you discover it, that’s excellent news! You are qualified to vote in the forthcoming elections.
- If your name appears on the list, this confirms that you’ve successfully registered for overseas voting and are eligible to participate in the important decisions of the upcoming COMELEC national elections.
- If your name is not on the list, don’t be discouraged! This simply means you won’t be participating in this election cycle. However, you can prepare for future elections.
How to Vote in Philippine Elections at the Philippine Embassy in the USA
Step 1: Confirm Your Right to Vote
First, ensure your name is listed on the Philippine Embassy in the USA’s Certified List of Overseas Voters. This confirms your voting eligibility.
Step 2: Show Valid ID
Approach the Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEI) and present a valid form of identification, such as your passport, to verify your identity.
Step 3: Acquire Your Ballot
Upon verification, sign the voter register and collect your voting ballot. Inspect it for any signs of damage or marking.
Step 4: Enter the Voting Zone
Move to the assigned voting space. The SBEI will provide you with a folder and a pen to maintain the confidentiality of your vote.
Step 5: Complete the Ballot
Carefully adhere to the guidelines to fill out your ballot without any extra markings or mistakes.
Step 6: Make Thoughtful Choices
You may select one President, one Vice President, a maximum of twelve Senators, and one Party List. Be cautious not to overvote.
Step 7: Hand in Your Filled Ballot
Go back to the SBEI and insert your completed ballot into the Vote Counting Machine (VCM).
Step 8: Wait for Receipt
Stand by as your voter’s receipt is being printed. Do not pull it out yourself; it serves as evidence of your vote.
Step 9: Verify Your Choices
Examine your voter’s receipt to ensure that all your selections have been correctly documented.
Step 10: Dispose of the Receipt
If everything is accurate, place your voter’s receipt in the designated box for Voter’s Receipts. Remember, taking pictures or making copies is not allowed.
Step 11: Report Any Issues
If you find any discrepancies, inform the SBEI immediately. However, be aware that making false allegations is prohibited.
Step 12: Leave the Voting Location
Well done! You’ve successfully cast your vote at the Philippine Embassy in the USA. Thank you for participating in this vital democratic activity.
Contact Information of the Philippine Embassy in the USA
Address: Bataan Street corner, 1600 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States
Telephone number: +1 202-467-9300
Office hours: Weekdays except Wednesdays, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Facebook Page: https://web.facebook.com/PHinUSA