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:    Who may register?

A1:    Filipino citizens who are

  • abroad or who will be abroad on election day,
  • at least eighteen (18) years of age on the day of the election,
  • intending to vote
  • not otherwise disqualified by law

:     Who may not register?

A2:    Those who have lost their Filipino citizenship in accordance with Philippine laws

  • Those who have expressly renounced their Philippine citizenship and who have pledged allegiance to a foreign country
  • Those convicted by final judgment of a court or tribunal of an offense punishable by imprisonment of not less than one (1) year, including those found guilty of disloyalty, including rebellion, insurrection, violation of the firearms laws, any crime against national security, unless such disability has been removed by plenary pardon or amnesty

  • Those convicted by final judgment shall automatically acquire the right to register upon expiration of five (5) years after service of sentence,
  • Any citizen of the Philippines abroad previously declared insane or incompetent by competent authority in the Philippines or abroad
  • An immigrant or a permanent resident who is recognized as such in the host country, unless he executes upon filing of an application for registration as overseas absentee voter, an affidavit declaring that he shall resume actual physical permanent residence in the Philippines pursuant to Section 5 of R.A. 9189 and he has not applied for citizenship in another country,

  • Those already registered as overseas absentee voter.

:     What is the period for filing of applications?

A3:    From 1 February 2009 to 31 August 2009, Monday thru Fridays, 9:00am – 5:00pm, except during Philippine and US holidays.

:     Where can I register?

A4:    For residents of Southern California, Southern Nevada, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, you should register at the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, 3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

In special cases, during field registrations and consular outreach missions upon prior notice of the date and place of registration.

:     What are the requirements for registration/certification?

A5:    A valid Philippine passport,

         Additional requirements for:

  • Seafarers – his Seaman’s Book or any other document that will prove that he is a seafarer
  • Dual citizen – original or certified true copy of Order of Approval of his application to retain or reacquire his Filipino citizenship, orOath of Allegiance issued by Post or Bureau of Immigration

:     What are the procedures for registration/certification?

A6:     The applicant shall

  • personally appear before a representative at Post
  • fill-up the Application Form for registration/certification as Overseas Absentee Voter (Form OAVF No. 1)
  • submit all supporting documents and have his biometrics taken

:     My name was excluded in the National Registry of Overseas Absentee Voters (NROAV), should I register again?

A7:    If your name was excluded from NROAV through inadvertence, you just need to accomplish the Application for Reinstatement in the National Registry of Overseas Absentee Voters (Form OAVF No. 1D) at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction over your residence not later than 31 December 2009.

:     What if my name was misspelled in the NROAV?

A8:     You need to accomplish the Application for Correction of Wrong Entries/ Misspelled Names/Change of Name and Other Entries in the Voter’s ID/ National Registry of Overseas Absentee Voters (Form OAVF No. 1E) and present a copy of your birth certificate at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction over your residence not later than 31 August 2009.

           The National Registry of Overseas Absentee Voters (NROAV) could be found at the COMELEC's website: www.comelec.gov.ph.

:     I registered when I was still single, now that I am married I want to use my married name in my record, what will I do?

A9:     You need to accomplish the Application for Correction of Wrong Entries/ Misspelled Names/Change of Name and Other Entries in the Voter’s ID/ National Registry of Overseas Absentee Voters (Form OAVF No. 1E) and present a copy of your marriage contract at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction over your residence not later than 31 August 2009.

:     I have previously applied for registration/certification but due to some personal/official reason, I no longer want my application to be acted upon and I want to do it in another place (another Philippine Embassy or Consulate or in the Philippines), what will I do?

A10:     You have to file for Letter-Request for Transfer of Registration Record (Form OAVF No. 1B) and Letter-Request for Withdrawal of Application for Registration/ Certification Pending Approval (Form OAVF No. 1F) at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where your application was originally filed or which has consular jurisdiction over your new residence not later than 31 August 2009. A photocopy of passport or any legal document identifying applicant shall be attached. You shall then apply for registration/certification/transfer at the Post where you intend to vote.

:     What if I transferred to another residence but falls under the same jurisdiction of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles?

A11:     You should file for Application for Change of Address within the same Consular Jurisdiction (Form OAVF No. 1H) at the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles where application was originally filed not later than 31 October 2009.

:     What if I transferred to another state which is not under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles where I previously registered?

A12:   You have to accomplish a Letter-Request for Transfer of Registration Record (Form OAVF No. 1B) at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate which has consular jurisdiction over your new residence not later than 31 August 2009. 

Click HERE to view Consular Jurisdictions of the Philippine Embassy and Consulates in the U.S.

:     What is the manner of casting vote?

A13:     Voting can be done by mail or in person starting from 10 April 2010 up to 3:00 pm of 10 May 2010 (Philippine Time) or 11:00 pm of 9 May 2010 (Los Angeles Time).

Voting in person:

  • Casting of votes shall be done in the designated voting area within the premises of the Consulate.

Voting by mail:

  • The Commission on Overseas Absentee Voting (COAV) will send directly to the voters by registered mail the Mailing Envelope containing the following:

  1. List of candidates
  2. Instruction for Voters
  3. Inner Envelope
  4. Outer Envelope
  5. Paper Seal for the Outer Envelope
  6. Ballot

    Instructions to Voters:

    1. Accomplish personally the ballot by writing the names of candidates of your choice.
    2. Affix your right thumb mark on the ballot coupon which is located on the lower portion of the ballot
    3. Detach the ballot coupon and place it inside the Outer Envelope provided for the purpose
    4. Place the accomplished ballot inside the Inner Envelope.
    5. Close the Inner Envelope
    6. Place the Inner Envelope inside the Outer Envelope
    7. Write your name and affix your signature on the proper space in the Outer Envelope. Failure to affix your signature will invalidate your ballot.

    8. Seal the Outer Envelope with paper seal provided and return personally or by mail to the Philippine Consulate General with address at 3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90010.