For those looking to register to vote or reactivate their voter status, you can do so this July.
While the memory of the 2022 elections still swirls in the public consciousness to this day, it’s understandable that many people are tapped out of talking about politics. But as we learned during this past elections, your participation doesn’t end the moment you cast your vote. As seen with everything that has been going around in the world, politics is a continuous process and your participation is a progression of learning experiences. And one way you can participate and get your voice heard is applying for voter registration or reactivating your voter status this July.
BARANGAY ELECTIONS THIS DECEMBER
As announced by Comelec, voter registration activities have begun once more this July. Would-be voters have until July 23 to register with their local Comelec office in the lead up to the 2022 Philippine Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. In case you didn’t know, there is going to be another election in this country and that is for the Barangay and SK election this December 5. Some of you may be thinking that voting in a barangay election is not worth your time since it’s not a major election. But as we learned in these past few months, we shouldn’t just care about who represents us at the top, but at all levels of the government, and the barangay is the most basic yet equally important.
This will be your chance to vote for a barangay captain and council who represent your values are advocate for the needs of the community. While not as high profile as other positions, barangay councilors have a near direct say how your local community and surroundings are run. As for the Sangguniang Kabataan, these people will be tasked to come up with the youth programs in your community.
HOW TO REGISTER
To register or reactivate, head to your local Office of the Election Officer. Offices are open from 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday to Saturday including holidays. Make sure to bring three copies of registration form which can be downloaded on Comelec’s website and must be printed on long bond paper. Make sure to also bring at least one ID. As for reactivation, you can also do that online so make sure to contact your local OEO for details on how it is done. Even if you aren’t 18 yet, you can still register to vote as long as you are 18 by the time of the December 5 elections.
For those who haven’t registered yet, just turned of age, or had problems with their status during the May elections, now is the chance to fix things as Comelec will not be opening voter registration again until 2023. Try to go as early as you can as last-minute usually leads to long lines.