Ever since I became a registered voter in San Juan, I never missed an election. Or so I thought.
Until May 2013 when I tried to vote and was turned away.
I was so frustrated but nobody could help me. So I went home to my village in Pasig and found out there was a precint in our clubhouse. Not only that, it was air-conditioned and civilized (read: konting tao).
Wow, it was like a business class lounge compared to the sweat and chaos of the Greenhills precint.
I made a mental note to switch. After all, I’ve been a Pasig resident for the last 12 years.
Well thank God for Twitter, I kept seeing these reminders to get registered before October 31, 2015.
Last night I stayed up late checking out the Comelec website for requirements.
To be sure, I photocopied my passport, marriage certificate, and proof of billing.
I asked Dinna to come with me to Pasig City Hall because Dinna has high EQ and I don’t.
We got there around 4 PM and took the lift to the 5th floor. I found the Comelec window and told them my situation:
1) I was disenfranchised from San Juan.
2) I got married and had a new surname.
3) I wanted to register in Pasig.
The blonde lady smiled and gave me forms to fill out.
I looked for a table and did the paperwork (bring a pen and clipboard!). Then I went to a room where a man checked my form and told me where to sign and what I missed.
In the same room, I lined up briefly to have my picture taken and my fingerprints in biometrics.
I went back to the first man for my thumbprints. He gave me a claim stub.
I said, “When can I come back for my ID?”
He said, “Years.”
Me: “So how do I vote? What do I show?”
Man: “The claim stub.”
Oo nga naman. This is the third world. It does take years to get things done.
But yes, I did something good. I registered to vote. Don’t know yet who to vote for but I want to be ready and I want to be part of it. You should too.
Deadline is October 31, 2015.
Go and make sure you’re registered. It took me 30 minutes. Make sure your papers are complete. Make sure your bladder is empty (cause the restroom stinks). Bring a pen, a clipboard, and wet wipes to wipe the ink off your fingers. And don’t forget the paperwork.
PS. Wear makeup if you want a nice photo.
To know more about voter registration, click HERE.