How to vote in the May 13 elections

Do you know how to vote? You think marking a small circle is a simple enough task?

Check your precinct, polling center, voter status

Download your ballot template here .

As a member of Rappler Plus, I was invited to attend a voting workshop that Rappler organizesd with the Commission on Elections on Thursday, April 11, 2pm onwards at the Rappler headquarters. Director James Jimenez together with the Education and Information Department took the participants the actual process of voting – from the counting process up to feeding them onto the vote-counting machines and vote counts. Unfortunately, I was in Singapore that time but I watched the livestream. Here is Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez as he shows how one can use vote-counting machines (VCMs) in the upcoming May elections

Lilibeth Frondoso summarized 9 things she learned from this very enlightening demo.

how to vote in may 13 elections

1. You cannot overdo marking the circle beside the name of the candidate of your choice (unless you happen to mark another circle for another candidate). Jimenez quipped, “This is not a coloring book.” Go for 100% or even 105%. The machine is wired to recognize your intent, but it may not recognize a small dot or line that is less than 25% of the circle.

2. Bring water. It will be a long line and elections are in the middle of a very hot summer. But don’t get your ballot wet.

3. No need to bring a pen. Precincts have marking pens. But be sure to return then and don’t take them home.

4. What changed from past elections? There’s now a fingerprint scanner being pilot tested in 14 areas.

5. You cannot go beyond the designated number of senators – which is 12. Same for positions like counsellors. Your votes will be counted if you voted for less than 12 senatorial bets, for example, but they will be voided if you voted for more than 12.

6. You cannot do a “take 2” with a new election ballot. It’s 1:1.

7. You can feed the ballot into the machine any way you want. There’s no wrong way.

8. Taking a photo of your ballot on election day is prohibited.

9. If the receipt doesn’t match what you remember of your vote, you can lodge a complaint before the board of election inspectors.

READ : Rappler “Your step-by-step guide to voting in May 13 elections”

10. While taking photos inside the precincts is prohibited by law, one can use mobile phones discreetly to capture vote-buying, illegal campaigning, and similar incidents. One can report incidents on vote-buying, harassment, illegal campaigning, malfunctioning VCM, and Voters’ Registration Verification Machine Procedure Complaint.

Reports must include: time of incident, location (Polling Center, Municipality, and Province), a detailed report, and photo (if sent online). Hotline number is 0918-4058441. Netizens need to use hashtags #KontraDaya and #VoteReportPH and tag Kontra Daya online through and One can also email or tag me at @momblogger on twitter with #juanvote hashtag.

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 13 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and media literacy and over 23 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.

She is a co-founder and a member of the editorial board of Blog Watch . She is a resource speaker on media literacy, social media , blogging, digital citizenship, good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and cyber safety.

Her personal blogs such as (parenting) , (recipes), (gadgets) and (lifestyle), keep her busy outside of Blog Watch.


I am an advocate. I am NOT neutral. I will NOT give social media mileage to members of political clans, epal, a previous candidate for the same position and those I believe are a waste of taxpayers’ money.

I do not support or belong to any political party.

She was a Senior Consultant for ALL media engagements for the PCOO-led Committee on Media Affairs & Strategic Communications (CMASC) under the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council from January 4 -July 5, 2017. Having been an ASEAN advocate since 2011, she has written extensively about the benefits of the ASEAN community and as a region of opportunities on Blog Watch and

Organization affiliation includes Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation

Updated Juky 15, 2019

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