GEC Reviewing 42 Election Complaints; From Not Receiving Absentee Ballots to Improper Registration

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Guam – The Gutierrez/Aguon team have claimed that there has been a deluge of complaints filed with the Guam Election Commission over various problems voters encountered with the general election. The Pacific News Center has obtained copies of those complaints and the affidavits filed with the GEC.

There are a total of 42 complaints that have been filed with the GEC over it’s handling of the general election. The complaints include voters who claim they were improperly unregistered and not allowed to vote, voters not having their names crossed off the list despite having voted early, voters claiming that they did not receive their absentee ballots on time, and claims of electioneering or campaigning too close to the polls. While there are 42 notarized complaints filed with the GEC some of these complaints were made by the same people. Theresa Untalan, William Manley, and Earl Garrido each filed two complaints, and a Theresa Gutierrez Estaquio filed three.

 

Estaquio’s complaints allege that her brother in law who is deployed to Iraq requested for an absentee ballot prior to may 15th but didn’t receive it until Nov. 2nd which didn’t allow him enough time to mail the ballot back for the election. She also alleges that both her parents names were still listed at the Barrigada office despite the fact that they had voted early.

 

Another example of a complaint was one filed by Rosalie Matanane, she alleges that she voted early then went to a Barrigada precinct to see if her name was still listed. It was listed so she immediately informed a precinct official that she had already voted. The precinct official allegedly told Matanane that she could still vote because her name was not crossed off the list. Matanane states that she told the official no and that it would not be right and then left the polling site. Ralph Gutierrez II filed a complaint stating that both of his parents names were not crossed off the voting list even though they too voted early. Gerry Yingling also filed a complaint as well stating that he elected to vote by absentee ballot but he only received a ballot for the delegate race forcing him to fly back to Guam to vote.

 

These are just examples of the types of complaints filed with the GEC. GEC Executive Director John Blas says that complaints are currently under review by a GEC board subcommittee who will be responsible for responding to the complaints.