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April 25, 2016

​What is the Voter’s Receipt?

The Voter’s Receipt has been the subject of much debate in this year’s elections. While the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) had argued that this document is unneccessary given that it could stretch the voting time, the Supreme Court has mandated the poll body to issue these in a 13-0 vote. They have cited that the provision of the receipt will help better secure the integrity of the polls.

So now that the COMELEC is required to issue the Voter’s Receipt, here’s what you should know about it:

Q: What will the Voter’s Receipt contain?

A: Originally, it should contain the voter’s ID, the precinct number and a hash code. However, since this will require a change in the poll machine source code which could push the election back to May 23, COMELEC will instead issue a simple version. It will contain the names of the candidates you voted for. This will allow you to verify if the machine recorded your vote correctly.

Q: What should I do if I see a mistake in the receipt?

A: Inform the election inspector immediately. He/she will then note the objection in the minutes. Note that the issue will not be resolved on-the-spot but rather in future election protests.

Q: Can I take my Voter’s Receipt home?

A: NO. Doing so is punishable under the law. It can result in imprisonment of not under one year but not over six years. What you should do instead is drop the receipt in the designated receptacle inside your precinct before leaving the premises.

For more information regarding this new element in our upcoming elections, please watch this video from the COMELEC and Smartmatic explaining what the Voter’s Receipt is all about:

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