After delays, PH consulate in NY starts mailing ballots to Filipino voters
MANILA, Philippines — After facing delays in the delivery of election materials, the Philippine Consulate General in New York has started mailing overseas voting ballots to Filipino voters in areas under its jurisdiction.
The consulate has so far mailed 50 election packets containing ballots to registered voters, according to Philippine Consul General Elmer Cato.
“The first 50 election packets containing overseas voting ballots were mailed earlier this evening to registered voters in areas under the jurisdiction of [the Philippine Consulate General in New York],” Cato said in a tweet Tuesday.
“More will be mailed in the coming days,” he added.
Last week, the scheduled final testing and sealing of vote counting machines (VCMs) was postponed due to delays encountered in the delivery of election paraphernalia to the consulate.
“We understand your concern about the delay in the arrival of election paraphernalia but your assertion of possible disenfranchisement and of us not being forthcoming is unfair on our part as the delay is beyond the control of the Consulate,” Cato said in a tweet last April 7 following concerns raised by Filipino voters.
“We wish to emphasize to the public that the Consulate is committed to ensuring the proper conduct of the overseas elections and in protecting the outcome,” he added.
The consulate has jurisdiction over the northeastern United States.
There are 39,048 individuals in the certified list of registered overseas voters covering the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.