Overseas Absentee Voting

Under Republic Act No. 9189 as amended by Republic Act No. 10590, all citizens of the Philippines or dual Filipino-American citizens, who are not disqualified by law, at least 18 years of age by 9 May 2022 may register as an Overseas Voter and vote for President, Vice-President, Senators, and Party List Representatives in the upcoming 2022 elections.

Overseas voting registration for Halalan 2022 is CLOSED. Electoral results may be found via the dedicated COMELEC webpage for results here.

You may view the Certified List of Overseas Voters (CLOV) under the Embassy’s jurisdiction for the 2022 National and Local Elections here.

Check our FAQs at the bottom of this page!

ACCREDITATION GUIDELINES FOR MEDIA, OBSERVERS/MONITORS, AND CIVIL SOCIETY PARTNERS/VOLUNTEERS, 2022 NATIONAL ELECTIONS OVERSEAS

The Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. informs the public that the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) issued Resolution No. 10776 dated 06 April 2022 respectively entitled GUIDELINES FOR ACCREDITATION OF MASS MEDIA ENTITIES, ELECTION OBSERVERS OR MONITORS, AND CIVIL SOCIETY PARTNERS IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONDUCT OF OVERSEAS VOTING FOR THE 2022 NATIONAL ELECTIONS OVERSEAS. 
 
The deadline for filing applications for accreditation is on 09 April 2022. Applications filed after the said date and/or with incomplete requirements will not be entertained. Interested parties requesting accreditation need to submit the following: 
 
MEDIA PARTIES: 
  1. Accreditation Application Form (Click here);
  2. Two (2) recent 2″x 2″ or 5 cm by 5 cm; recently take in the last six (6) months;
  3. An endorsement from the organization they are representing;
  4. For mass media entities, an endorsement from the appropriate officer of the newspaper company, television station, radio station, internet company, broadcast entity, or film distributor which employs the applicant or has committed to air, distribute, or commission the work; and
  5. In the case of freelancers, a valid assignment letter from the bona fide media organization for which the freelance is on assignment or proof of his/her previous accomplishments that are highly visible, respected, and widely-recognized.

Applications for accreditation should be sent to info@phembassy-us.org 

For more information, please check COMELEC Resolution No. 10776 here.

Overseas voting registration for Halalan 2022 is CLOSED. Applications will no longer be processed. 

COMELEC Materials below are for reference only.

Check our FAQs at the bottom of this page!

Qualifications

  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).

Disqualifications

  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.

Where to Register?

All qualified Filipino citizens who are not registered overseas voters may file their applications for registration at the nearest embassy/consulate or other registration centers authorized by the Commission on Elections.

How to Register?

To register, all applicants must personally appear at the nearest embassy/consulate for biometrics capturing and bring the following requirements:

  1. Fully accomplished OV Form 1.
  2. Valid Philippine passport;
  3. Proof of Filipino citizenship
    valid Green Card, valid U.S. visa, and/or Notice of Action
    – for dual citizens, Copy of Oath of Allegiance or proof of Philippine Citizenship
  4. Copy of Seaman’s Book (for Seafarers).

When to Register?

The filing of application for registration/certification for the purposes of the May 2022 elections is from 16 December 2019 to 14 October 2021

Requests for Transfer of Registration Records may be filed at the Posts or before the Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) of the COMELEC during the registration period.

Download and view the list of overseas voters due for deactivation HERE.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General inquiry on National Elections 2022 (As of 11 April 2022)

How can I vote?

The method of voting in the US and Caribbean is postal. There is no need to request the Embassy to mail your ballots.

The Embassy will mail all electoral packets to the registered addresses of overseas voters.

I have changed my registered address. Can I correct my address?

If you are registered under Washington DC PE, please visit this website on or before 08 April 2022 to submit your application and supporting documents: tinyurl.com/wdcpeov

If you are registered under other posts, please contact your respective consulates.

When can I receive my ballot?

Ballots will be mailed as soon as they are received from COMELEC and processed by the Embassy. As of today, some of the election packets are still in transit to Washington, D.C.

Can I drop my ballot?

Yes, if you are a registered voter under the Embassy. There are designated drop boxes at the Embassy.

If you are registered under other posts, please contact your respective consulates.

What if my registered mailing address was incorrect or is no longer applicable?

If you’re ballot was returned to sender, in this case to the Embassy, the Embassy will update and announce a list of returned ballots on its website and social media platforms. Should you find yourself in that list, please immediately contact the Embassy at wdcpeov@phembassy-us.org for further coordination.

Can I pick up my ballot?

You can signify your intent to pick up your ballot by emailing wdcpeov@phembassy-us.org on or before April 13. If you signified your intent and received confirmation from the Embassy, you will have to pick up your ballot on or before 22 April 2022. 

All unclaimed ballots after 22 April 2022 will be mailed out to the registered addresses of those voters. 

Can I still register to vote?

No, overseas voters’ registration ended on 14 October 2021.

When does the overseas election period end?

Voters are reminded that only ballots received by the Embassy before Monday, 09 May 2022, 7:00AM ET (concurrent to the close of polls in Manila on 09 May 2022, 7:00 PM Philippine Time) will be counted. Ballots received after this time will be considered INVALID and not be counted.

When and where will ballot feeding take place?

Ballot feeding will take place every Monday and Thursday at 9:00AM during the voting period, beginning on 10 April – 09 May 2022.

The venue for all proceedings will be at the Quezon Hall of the Philippine Embassy Chancery Annex, 1617 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20036.

Other questions

If you are registered under Washington DC PE, please email:

wdcpeov@phembassy-us.org

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