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Register now for the 2016 elections. Deadline: October 31
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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.

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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.

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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.”
“Years?”
“Years.”
“Yung totoo?”
“Years.”
Me: “So how do I vote? What do I show?”
Man: “The claim stub.”

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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.

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BRian

Ms. C, can u write an article to discuss what are the roles/responsibilities of each government post? I feel kase people are limited to thinking that public office is just to help out the poor. esp with people running for senate office… gosh kakaloka!

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Ria Mae Verdolaga

It’s true it takes years! I got registered in 2006, I was in 2nd or 3rd year college. I got my ID in 2012 when I was already a medical intern. I lost my claim stub before the 2010 elections so I just brought several IDs to prove my identity and they let me vote. ­čÖé BTW, I’m a QC voter.

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Istin Dizon Paigna

good thing i was able to read your post.. deactivated na rin pala status ko. will go to Pasig City Hall by next week. ­čÖé

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CVS Reply:

happy to help!

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PJ

Same thing when my wife and I registered in Mandaluyong, it will take years to get the ID. Congrats on your re-registration.

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I honestly don’t get it why it takes them years to produce the voter’s ID eh wala na naman silang gagawin after next year’s elections. Haha! But yeah, I was told myself that it’ll take 3 years before I’ll get my ID after I registered last month.

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Lane Virto

Wow! they’re too fast to collect taxes and here’s the kind of service you get. wow talaga!

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Bambhie

Hi Thank you so much for this info, I’m also a resident in Pasig. Did you submit the copy of your marriage contract etc because I’m already married now. Thanks so much again.

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CVS Reply:

yes I did

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CJ Aguilar

I also experienced the same thing! I only missed one election which was 3 years ago, but when I checked my registration status online, it says the same thing as yours! I got a question though. Did you fill out a reactivate and transfer form or did you just register as a new voter?

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CVS Reply:

reactivate and transfer. they will give you the right form at the window if you tell them your circumstance

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CJ Aguilar Reply:

Thanks!

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