COMELEC Precinct Finder: How to Find your Precinct



Election is in the air once more. It is that time again when politicians will sing and dance, bash each other, and tell you everything that you want to hear, all in the name of getting your vote. As part of my civic responsibility, I had been reminding friends and acquaintances to register for the 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections. If you have already registered for the 2017 elections, it is now time to know your polling center and precinct number. Having these information in hand on election day will drastically reduce the amount of time you spend in the voting process. There are two ways to look for your polling center and precinct number: the COMELEC Precinct Finder and the COMELEC Online Voters List.

The precinct finder will give you your precinct number, biometrics information (whether it is complete or not), and the school where you will be voting (your polling center). However, if you get a message that the COMELEC Precinct Finder is still being updated, you may use GMA's COMELEC Precinct Finder. If you get a message that the server is busy when accessing GMA's COMELEC Precinct Finder, the next best option is to use the COMELEC Online Voters List.

The link below takes you to the COMELEC Precinct Finder where you can find your precinct.



An alternative to the COMELEC Precinct Finder is the Online Voters List of COMELEC.

The link below takes you directly to the COMELEC Online Voters List where you can find your precinct.



1. Using the Online Voters List is very easy. First, type in province, city/municipality, and barangay.



2. Now click on the blue button that says 'View Barangay Voters List'


3.  An alphabetical voters list in your barangay will now appear on the page. You may also search for your name in the search box. Your precinct number will appear at the side of your name in the voters list.


Please note that currently, the Online Voters List in the COMELEC website includes only registered voters who are allowed to vote in the 2016 national and local elections.

The link below takes you directly to the COMELEC Online Voters List where you can find your precinct:



Do not let your tax pesos go to waste! Make sure to make your voice heard in the upcoming and very-polarizing election!

ABS-CBN has recently launched an app wherein people can search for their precincts. The app called COMELEC Halalan App can be downloaded on Google Play and iTunes. More info here.

I originally wrote this article because I felt like the COMELEC's website wasn't too user-friendly especially for those who were trying to search for their precincts. Previously, the problem with the Precinct Finder was that when you clicked on the Online Status Verification link on the COMELEC website, it just went to an introductory page that didn't tell you what to do next. When you clicked on the next link, you still didn't get any idea where the actual Precinct Finder is. When I first accessed the website, I gave up on the second page, thinking that it must not be functioning or something. Later on, I tried going through the different links and found the actual Precinct Finder. This post was written as a shortcut for people trying to access COMELEC's Precinct Finder because it had a direct link to the precinct finder facility. After a few weeks, though, COMELEC's website improved. On the home page, you now only had to click on "Online Status Verification" and then click "Precinct Finder", and you would already be directed to the search facility.

The COMELEC Precinct Finder facility was originally designed so that people can check whether their registration has biometrics or not. The biometrics requirement was signed into law in 2013 and all registered voters without biometrics will be deleted from COMELEC's database.


Currently, the COMELEC Precinct Finder is still being updated. If you access the Precinct Finder in the Commission on Elections official website, www.comelec.gov.ph, you will see this message:

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Precinct Finder service is being updated in preparation for the resumption of the system of continuing voter registration for the 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.

Please bear with us.