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People queue to process their voter’s registration at the Commission on Election office at the Manila City hall on May 17, 2021. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

‘Can I wear colored contacts?’: 7 unusual questions on voter registration answered

The guys behind Vote Pilipinas! responds to every question in the most helpful way they can
ANCX Staff | Sep 27 2021

Filipinos have only til this Thursday to register so they can vote in the 2022 national elections. Vote Pilipinas, the official voter registration information campaign partner of the Commission on Elections, is most likely on overdrive reminding our kababayans to go out and register—no matter the odds

The group running the non-profit, non-partisan online and offline information campaign, have been working non-stop the past few months toward making the process of registration easier to understand and easier to actually accomplish. This includes responding to questions on their online platforms, from the frequently asked to the “I can’t believe you asked that” variety. 

But, no judgments here. Every question on the most important elections of our time deserves to be properly addressed. Even the most unusual ones. Here are some of them—with answers from the dedicated guys behind Vote Pilipinas. 

1. “What color of ball pen should I use?”

This is actually a valid question as there are only two answers, either black or blue pens must be used in filling out the registration forms.

2. “Can I wear colored contacts on the day of registration?”

This should be no problem on the day of registration. Remember to bring one of the following valid IDs when your register: 

  1. Philippine Identification Card (PhilID)
  2. Employee's identification card (ID), with the signature of the employer or authorized representative;
  3. Postal ID;
  4. PWD Discount ID;
  5. Student's ID or library card, signed by the school authority;
  6. Senior Citizen's ID;
  7. Driver's license;
  8. NBI clearance;
  9. Passport;
  10. SSS/GSIS ID;
  11. Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID;
  12. License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC);
  13. Certificate of Confirmation issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in case of members of ICCs or IPs; and
  14. Any other valid ID.

3. “Can I have colored hair [when I register]?”

Same as the answer above, this is not a problem when you register.

4. “Should all papers [of the registration form] be printed back to back?”

Yes, the registration form should be printed back to back. Here are more reminders from COMELEC (source).

Things to remember:

1. Print the form on long bond copy paper (8.5″x13″).

2. The PDF file has 6 pages, equals 3 sets of application form.

3. Print the form back-to-back, such that 1 set is only 1 page.

4. Fill this out before going to the COMELEC office but don't sign it yet.

5. “How can I register my family through the Grab app?”

One may not register through the Grab app. One may, however, head to a COMELEC registration site or satellite registration site using GrabCar with the code “GRABTHEVOTE” which gives its rider P50 off when they are headed to a registration site. 

6. “Magkano ang voters ID?”

The COMELEC is no longer issuing voter ID cards as per COMELEC Public Advisory released on June 25, 2020. They have stopped issuing Voter IDs in anticipation of the launch of the National ID System. We’d like to remind our registrants that if you are offered a COMELEC Voter ID for sale by anyone, kindly get in touch with your local COMELEC office immediately

7. “[How can I] vote by [cellphone]?”

This is not possible, as voting in the Philippines must still be done in person. As for registering online, unfortunately, there is no online registration. You still have to appear at the COMELEC Office of the Election Officer (OEO) or satellite registration site for them to capture your biometrics when you register. You can, however, prepare your requirements before heading to the registration site. 

Visit www.votepilipinas.com to know what requirements you need for a swift and convenient registration.