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ONSITE VOTING. Filipinos vote at the Philippine consulate in Los Angeles on May 8, 2022. The USA follows a postal mode of voting but voters were allowed to fill in their ballots onsite.
Philippine consulate general in Los Angeles
Unlike in previous administrations, the Comelec, under chairman George Garcia, says a new law won’t be necessary to introduce internet voting for overseas Filipinos
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) made public yet another ambitious policy for the 2025 midterm elections – allowing internet voting for overseas Filipinos.
Comelec Chairman George Garcia said the move is meant to increase voter turnout among Filipinos abroad.
“Spending P411 million (for overseas voting) but resulting in a dismal 39% turnout is not value for money so to speak. Why are not so many overseas Filipinos voting personally or by mail? Maybe they need another mode,” he told reporters on Wednesday, May 17.
The 39% turnout in the 2022 polls, however, is the highest since the Philippines allowed overseas voting. Voting personally in