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Sorry, virtual voters’ registration isn’t happening anytime soon

Sorry, virtual voters’ registration isn’t happening anytime soon

Ever since quarantine started, we’ve heard the news several times: Voters’ registration will be moved (again). This time around, the folks over at the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will reportedly resume registration on Sep. 1—however, prospective voters will have to appear physically, just like the good ol’ days.

While the rest of the world is finding their way online, COMELEC’s voter registration is sticking to its same practice. This is due to the biometrics requirement, according to COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez. “Ramdam po namin ang panawagan ng publiko na ‘yan. Unfortunately, especially for first-time voters, ay kailangan po kasi natin ang biometrics nila.”

The registration will only be available in areas under modified general community quarantine and general community quarantine. Since people will have to appear in the flesh, they must adhere to strict health protocols such as proper distancing and the use of face masks and face shields.

This isn’t exclusive for first-time voters though, as COMELEC will also accommodate transfer and reactivations from Tuesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jimenez also advised registrants to download and print the registration form before heading to their offices.

Registration will run until next year, September 2021. For those confused on what to bring, stay prepared with our checklist here.

Read more:

Here’s what you need to register to vote for the next elections

How to kill time while waiting in line during voter’s registration

Voting 101: Friendly reminders for first-time voters

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