22 June 2020

By Maan de Vera | Myx

Registration resumes this July. We understand that there’s a lot on everyone’s plates right now, but you seriously need to make time and secure your right to vote in the elections to come. If you’re thinking twice and asking yourself if pushing through with this will be of any difference, just keep these 3 things in mind:

1. All you need to register is a valid ID and an entire day.

You may feel overwhelmed with the idea because it’s your first time, but, in reality, it’s actually a simple and easy process. Pick any weekday, but don’t do it at the last minute as that’s when there will be a surge of people. Just bring any valid ID as stated here (insert link) to your local Comelec office. The staff there will assist you through the process and it shouldn’t take longer than a day.

2. Registering as a voter is a service to your country.

There are many small things that you can do in order to help your nation. There are times when it’s easy to take that for granted because it appears to be too small to matter. But come to think of it, asserting your right to choose the next leaders of the Philippines isn't a minute task. You’re giving yourself the power to have a direct hand in making sure that the right people will be put into position.

3. You owe it to your future self to act now.

Elections are fast approaching and we may never know as to who would decide to run. When the time comes and the campaigns have begun, would you really want to be in the place when you can’t cast your vote? It’s best to hold on to your chance to be a part of the decision-making now than regret it later on. Trust us, you’ll eventually thank yourself if you take action now.

Things may not be going according to how you want it to be right now. It can get pretty disheartening, yes, But don’t lose hope or fall into apathy. There’s always something that you can do. Even if it’s as as small as going out there and registering to vote, remember that #ItStillCounts.