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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Vote PH 2016 | Overseas Voting for the May 9 National Elections in the Philippines

Overseas Election Period: April 9 to May 9, 2016 for President, 

Vice-President, 12 Senators and Party-List Representatives.

Consul Kerwin Tate
The Philippine Consulate General, New York led by Consul General Mario de Leon Jr., held the last of its series of town hall meetings as part of their voter education program. The forum on 'How to cast your ballot for the 2016 National Elections for Overseas Voters' was held last April 5, 2016. Consul Kerwin Tate made the presentation and handled the Q&A.

The Q&A

Kababayan Media through this news blog site 'Balitang New York' has put together this general guide for the public with the hope that the information provided here may be useful.

Photos by Lambert Parong for Kababayan Media/ CC BY

Deputy Consul General Kira Danganan-Azucena (4th from left) and
Consul Kerwin Tate (center) with community members after the forum.

Quick Guide | How to cast your ballot if you are a registered voter under the Philippine Consulate General, New York, with consular jurisdiction over Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

1. Verify if your name has been included in the final list approved by the Resident Election Registration Board (RERB). If you see your name on the list, it means that your application for overseas voting has been approved and allowed to vote in the 2016 National Elections.

2. A registered overseas voter can vote either by mail or by personal voting. 

Postal Voting: A Voting Packet will be mailed to each registered voter under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Consulate General, New York (PCGNY). The voting packet will come in a short brown envelope, it includes the official ballot, a pre-addressed (PCGNY) return envelope, a paper seal and instructions on how to vote. Follow the instructions and mail your completed voting packet using the pre-addressed return envelope. Overseas election period for the jurisdiction of the PCGNY will end at 5:00 AM - Eastern Standard Time on May 9, 2016.

Personal Voting: The PH Commission on Elections deputizes a body to conduct the voting and counting of votes, known as the Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEI). In New York the deputized members of the SBEI are Consul KERWIN TATE, Consul FELIPE F. CARIÑO III and Vice Consul KHRYSTINA P. CORPUZ.

Overseas Voting starts April 9 to May 9, 2016 (thirty days) including weekends and holidays in the Philippines and the US. Voting is held at the premises of the Philippine Consulate General, New York located at 556 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10036. Telephone: (212) 764-1330.

To learn more about Overseas Voting for the May 9 National Elections, visit the PH Comelec website by clicking here. 

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