(Chicago, Illinois) Updated on May 10, 2022, 9:50 a.m.
Overseas voting in Barangay Chicago – Philippine Consulate General closed the mail-in voting at 6:00 a.m. Central Standard Time. As of 3:15 p.m., the Consulate received more than a hundred ballots over the cut-off time and therefore were not counted. When the Voting Counting Machine was closed, 39.81% or 9,060 of 22,760 registered voters cast their ballots.
A hiccup in the mail-in ballot system
Consul Ryan C. Pondoc expressed his satisfaction with the smooth running of the election. “We’ve got more training for our election workers,” Consul Pondoc said. “One of the big differences in this election is the preparation we made and the transparency we provided to the community, in general, and to the registered voters, in particular, so we are just smooth sailing in the process,” Pondoc added.
(Video clip contributed by Connie Macatula De Leon)
However, Pondoc also acknowledged one of the hiccups of the mail-in ballot system. He said that there are about 2,000 undelivered/returned mail ballots or more than 10% of registered voters and he attributed this hiccup to the wrong addresses on record. He said, “It is just out of our control to update our record in a timely fashion if a voter moved to a new residence and we were not informed of their new address.”
Chicago elections usually turn out good participation from voters under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Consulate General of Chicago. The turnout today came just less than 1% of the 40% turnout during the last 2016 presidential elections.
Consul Pondoc said, “Throughout the election period, April 10 to May 9, we’ve improved the process by using our social media presence with our website and Facebook account and engaging the media and community leaders in disseminating election information and advisories.”
A glimpse of the election outcome
The unofficial result for the twelve precincts in Barangay Chicago-PCG showed a parallel outcome with the results in the Philippines. Chicago’s precinct 910700-36 to 47 showed the following two leading candidates: for President: 4,191 for Bongbong Marcos and 3,749 for Leni Robredo; for Vice President: 4,504 for Sarah Duterte and 3,749 for Kiko Pangilinan.
For Senators, the results showed the following numbers for the top twelve candidates: 4,943 for Legarda, 4,573 for Escudero, 4,077 for Tulfo, 3,828 for Zubiri, 4,069 for Padilla, Robin, 3,459 for Bautista, 3,604 for Cayetano, 3,721 for Hontiveros, 3,370 for Teodoro, 3,078 for Diokno, 3,700 for Villar, and 3,339 for Gordon.
Your ballot is your voice
A voter who did not want to be identified said that he mailed his ballot as early as mid-April because he wanted to have his voice heard.
”It is very important. A lot of people will say, ‘Oh, my vote doesn’t count.’ We’ve seen a lot of elections where just a couple of votes made a difference, so it does make a difference,” he said. ###