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VERA FILES FACT SHEET: Who are the voters in the May 13 midterm polls?

The Commission on Elections said more than 61 million registered voters are expected to decide the outcome of the automated May 13 midterm elections.

This is a spike of 13.8 percent in voter registration since 2016, with one-third of the voters coming from the youth, or those aged 18-30.

On March 3, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez reminded the public of several do’s and don’ts in casting votes, two months before the polls.

In a series of tweets, Jimenez listed the number of candidates voters should shade in their ballots for each elective position. He cautioned that while voters may abstain from voting or pick fewer candidates than the required number–for instance, only one instead of 12 senators–they cannot “over-vote.”

Find out who this year’s voters are in this infographic.


Commission on Elections, Number of Registered Voters for May 2019 Elections

Commission on Elections, Number of Registered Voters, Voters Who Actually Voted and Voters’ Turnout, Oct. 17 2016

National Youth Commission, Republic Act No. 8044, @jabjimenez, March 3, 2019, @jabjimenez, March 4, 2019

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