L.A. consulate encourages in person voting than mailing ballots

LOS ANGELES – As consulate officials open and count the ballots from Texas and Arizona, they hope that people make sure to follow instructions and keep their ballots in good condition, otherwise it will not be accepted and instead be sent to the Commission on Elections.

“Just hit the crease marks otherwise you’ll hit the COMELEC markers. After we batch feed the rejected ballots will be put here,” Philippine Consulate Los Angeles member Rainier Casis said.

Similar to those who vote in person, the process for mail-in ballots takes a few seconds and ends with a printed receipt deposited in a safe box.

Officials say they want as many ballots in as soon as possible or within the first two weeks. Almost 400 ballots were submitted.

A few locals have been coming in throughout the day eager to cast their ballots.

The polling place is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The consulate is encouraging people in  L.A. to vote in person as they continue to send out ballots to the 54,000 registered voters.

“The biggest challenge now is to get them to cast their ballot because they are registered. The question is will they,” Philippine ambassador to the U.S. Jose Cuisia Jr. said. “As of today, I think we have 397 ballots cast here in L.A. I hope that those who are qualified to vote, if you have received your ballot, please send them in right away.”

In conjunction with the Philippines election, ballots must be received or brought in by Monday, May 9 at 2 a.m.

Since the deadline is in the early morning, the consulate says mail-in voters must factor in delivery times, which can take 3 to 5 days, and limited mail service on the weekends.

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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    11 June 2016 at 5:24 am - Reply

    It’s all good to the in person voting until someone changes the hash code..? No one will give a damn about the result, as long as their favorite will win, yeah let’s all have some THICK FACIAL SKIN over that…Oh well, Tita Kris donated so much money into it?