COMELEC Precinct Finder: Verify Your Voting Precinct Number

The COMELEC Precinct Finder is an essential online tool activated by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to help voters locate their voting areas for the National and Local Elections.

This tool is designed for all registered voters, both in the Philippines and overseas, ensuring they can easily access their polling information by simply entering their complete name, date of birth, and registration location.

By using this tool, voters can expect to find their designated polling places and other important details, thus facilitating a smoother and more organized voting experience.

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As the general elections draw closer, one important task for every registered voter is to know their voting precinct information.

In just 13 days, voters will once again fill out ballots to choose the next leaders of the country.

To aid in this process, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) activated the online precinct finder on April 22.

This tool allows voters to locate their assigned polling places and other key voting information online.

 

Why Knowing Your Polling Information Matters

The online precinct finder website helps registered voters check where they will cast their ballots by entering their full name and registration location.

Comelec Commissioner George Garcia emphasized that the website aims to solve the perennial issue of voters having difficulty finding their polling places.

Additionally, knowing your polling information beforehand is essential, especially with the implementation of physical distancing rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Use the COMELEC Precinct Finder

Let’s take a look at the steps to use the Comelec’s precinct finder website effectively.

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Step 1: Visit the Official Website

  • Open your web browser and visit Comelec Precinct Finder.
  • A disclaimer will pop up stating: “By proceeding with accomplishing this Form, you give consent to the processing of your personal information by the Commission on Elections pursuant to its mandate in relation to voter registration.”
  • Click the “Continue” button.

Step 2: Select Your Location

Choose either “Local (Philippines)” if you are registered in the Philippines, or “Overseas” if you are registered abroad.

Step 3: Input Personal Details

  • Enter your First Name, Middle Name, and Last Name.
  • Include name suffixes (like JR, SR, III) after your first name.
  • If you don’t have a middle name, type an underscore (_) or a dot (.).
  • For names containing the letter “ñ”, press the “Ñ” button located on the right side of the answer box.
  • Select your Place of Registration from the drop-down list.
  • For voters from Cotabato City and Isabela City, choose “SPECIAL PROVINCE” from the Province drop-down list.
  • Review the form to ensure all information is correct.

Step 4: Captcha Test and Confirmation

  • Complete the captcha test and press the search button.
  • A confirmation pop-up will appear asking, “Are you sure you want to proceed with the information you have entered?”
  • This is also a reminder: “DATA PRIVACY NOTICE: Please be reminded that NO PERSONAL INFORMATION is being stored in the database. Your personal information is only used to search and verify your voter registration status.”
  • If corrections are needed, press the “Edit” button. If the information is correct, press the “Proceed” button.

Step 5: View Your Polling Information

If the database recognizes your information, your polling details will appear, including:

  • Complete Name
  • Place of Registration
  • Polling Place
  • Precinct Number

The page will also indicate your voter registration status (active or deactivated).

Take a screenshot or write down this information to bring on Election Day.

Disclaimer: The COMELEC Precinct Finder is not yet active as of this time of writing. However, historically, the website is activated only months before the start of the election period, so be sure to bookmark and check out the website around that time or follow COMELEC on social media to stay updated for announcements regarding this.  

For ‘Deactivated’ Voters

Registered voters who did not vote in the 2018 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections and the 2019 senatorial elections are marked as deactivated for this year’s elections.

Republic Act No. 8189 states that the registration of any person who failed to vote in two successive regular elections will be deactivated.

In February, the poll body deactivated around 7 million voters due to non-participation in two consecutive elections or other reasons.

Voters who participated in the 2018 and 2019 elections but still show a deactivated status should seek clarification with the Comelec.

Email voterverifier@comelec.gov.ph or contact your local Comelec office for further verification.

Additional Tips and Resources

For those who are unsure about their polling number for the upcoming barangay and SK elections, the COMELEC Precinct Finder offers a quick solution.

Visit Precinct Finder and enter your details to find your voter information, including your voting area number, polling center, and voter status.

The tool is still a work in progress, so expect some glitches and errors.

If you encounter issues, contact your local Comelec office or email voterverifier@comelec.gov.ph.

Video: How to find your precinct for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

Here’s a short video guide providing step-by-step instructions on how to use the COMELEC precinct finder to locate your voting area for the National and Local elections in the Philippines.

 

Conclusion

The COMELEC Precinct Finder is a valuable tool that helps voters find their polling precincts, thus avoiding inconvenience on Election Day.

Despite some technical issues, with a bit of patience, you can locate your voting area without having to search manually.

Make sure to verify your polling information ahead of time to ensure a smooth voting experience.

By following these steps, you can easily find your voting precinct and be prepared for Election Day.

Stay informed and exercise your right to vote.

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