2 caught ‘double voting’ in GEC curbside voting

GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan (PNC file photo)

The Guam Election Commission caught two persons “double voting” during its curbside voting operation.

GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan said that after the two finished voting curbside, GEC personnel discovered that they had voted earlier.

“So I immediately reported this to the legal counsel and we have changed our process at curbside,” Pangelinan said during last night’s GEC board meeting.

In addition, GEC added a couple more minutes and vetting procedures to the curbside voting process.

“We check and we vet, besides their name, their date of birth, and their precinct. We also check if they voted already beforehand,” Pangelinan said.

GED legal counsel Vince Camacho agreed with the need for more vetting.

“While it may take a little longer, it’s imperative that we catch second attempts prior to them actually performing the second attempt. Because, under the offense provision in the statute, it is a third-degree felony to vote twice,” Camacho said.

Going forward, with regard to potential double voting on election day, Camacho said the risk of this happening is much higher unless GEC thoroughly “scrubs” its voting list prior to opening the polls on Nov. 3.

“Because if we don’t scrub and double voting occurs, then we’re going to have a bigger problem because then all those ballots, all of those double votes would be rejected and sent to the Attorney General’s Office for prosecution,” Camacho said.

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