If you’re a registered voter and you didn’t participate in the last two elections, your voting status is deactivated. This means you can’t vote for the upcoming 2022 elections unless you reactivate your voter status. And you wouldn’t be alone — records show that some 6.3 million Filipinos need to reactivate theirs as well. But here’s some good news: the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has finally allowed reactivating of voter registration records online. Here’s a complete guideline and a step-by-step for online voter reactivation registration.
For different types of application
COMELEC’s online reactivation process can be done for the following types of applications:
- Reactivation of voting record
- Reactivation with correction of entries
- Reactivation with transfer within the same locality
- Reactivation with transfer within the same locality and correction of entries
- Reactivation with updating of senior citizens, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) records
What to know before filing online
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Before you follow the steps, first make sure that you have complete biometrics data in the local COMELEC where you plan to reactivate. If you are a registered voter but your biometrics are somehow corrupted or incomplete, you can go through the online application but you will be asked to make a personal appearance at your local Office of the Election Officer (OEO) for biometrics capture.
Step 1: Accomplish the voter registration form
Get the CEF-1 form which you can download from the COMELEC website. You can fill that out either manually or digitally and then print it using legal size paper (8.5” x 13”).
Here’s what to remember when filling out the form:
- CEF-1 front page: Check the appropriate oval and supply the required information. Affix your signature above your printed name, and write the date below it. Write your active mobile number/s or email address/es at the top right portion of the form, below the words REVISED CEF-1.
- CEF-1 back page: Fill out parts 1 and 2, including the oath, thumbprints, and signatures.
Step 2: Scan your documents
Scan the necessary documents and email it to the email address of your local Office of the Election Officer which you can find in the COMELEC website.
Your email subject line must indicate the type of application being filed.
Here’s a list of the documents to be submitted:
- Accomplished Application form (CEF-1)
- Valid ID
- Supplementary Data Form (for senior citizens, PWDs, and PDLs who want to update their records)
Step 3: Wait for confirmation from the Office of the Election Officer
Your Office of the Election Officer will contact you through the mobile number or the email address that you provided. Once they reach out to you, you will have to confirm your application through:
- An online interview: The OEO will provide a time and date for your online interview through select platforms: Zoom, MS Teams, Viber, Facebook Messenger, or etc.
- Personal appearance: If your biometrics are incomplete or corrupted, you will be advised to appear personally at the OEO to complete the capturing of biometrics.
- Additional documents: The OEO may require you to submit additional supporting documents online to support your application.
Online registration during community quarantines
COMELEC notes that voter registration, satellite registration, and online reactivation is suspended for areas under ECQ or MECQ. They can operate once areas are lifted to the lighter GCQ or MGCQ. This means that in most cities, registrations are suspended until end of August and will resume on Sept. 1. Government officials are still working on making a more efficient voter registration and reactivation process under strict quarantine measures.
What if this is your first time voting or you want to encourage your friends and family to register for the first time? The process is fairly easy but it does require personal appearance in local offices. Check out our guide on how to register as a first-time voter in the middle of the pandemic:
Longer voter registration hours