Overseas absentee voting

LIST: Modes of overseas voting in the 2022 elections

Michelle Abad
LIST: Modes of overseas voting in the 2022 elections

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai conducts the Final Testing and Sealing (FTS) of vote-counting machines for the 2019 midterm elections on April 6, 2019.

Philippine Consulate General in Dubai

In this pandemic-era election, voters in most areas will be mailing their ballots, rather than showing up personally to cast their votes

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday, January 19, released the final list of specific modes of overseas voting for the 2022 elections.

Registered overseas Filipinos will be able to cast their votes in the Philippine embassies and consulates in their areas during the month-long voting period from April 10 to May 9, 2022.

The Comelec is set to print some 1.697 million ballots for overseas voting, on top of the 65.754 million ballots for local voting.

Voters can either vote manually or via automated election system (AES). Each vote may be done personally or via post.

These are the distinctions among them:

In this pandemic-era election, voters in most areas will be mailing their ballots, rather than showing up personally to cast their votes.

Exactly half of the 92 posts will be counting votes via AES, while the other half will be counting votes manually.

See the tables below to see the mode of voting per Philippine post abroad:

Asia-Pacific

In the Asia-Pacific region, 16 countries and areas will be casting their votes personally, while 39 will be mailing their votes in.

Half of the 32 posts will be counting votes via AES, while the other half of posts will be manually counting.

Europe

In Europe, just five countries and areas will require voters to appear personally to vote. These are Barcelona, Angola, Madrid, Milan, and the Vatican City. The rest will be using the postal mode of voting.

Meanwhile, six posts will be using AES to count votes, while the remaining 19 will count manually.

Middle East and Africa

In the Middle East and Africa, which was the most vote-rich region in 2016 and 2019, 22 countries and areas will require personal voting, while 41 will hold postal voting.

Twelve posts will be using AES to count, while seven will count manually.

The Comelec earlier announced that voting was suspended in Tripoli, Libya, and Baghdad, Iraq, due to conflict in these areas.

North and Latin America

Argentina is the only country in the Americas that will require personal voting. All others, including vote-rich United States, will be mailing in their ballots.

Twelve posts will be counting votes via AES, while four will be counting manually.

Amid the global pandemic, online voting was floated as a possibility for overseas voters, but the Comelec ultimately gave it a thumbs down, at least for 2022.

The overseas electorate has been contributing hundreds of thousands of votes to Philippine national elections since 2004. But as the COVID-19 threat remained, many overseas Filipino workers were unable to register in time for the 2022 exercise. – Rappler.com

Michelle Abad

Michelle Abad is a researcher-writer at Rappler. Possessing the heart and soul of a feminist, she is working on specializing in women's issues in Newsbreak, Rappler's investigative arm.