Duenas Bill Would Create Separate Ballots for Local & Federal Candidates


Guam – Senator Chris Dueñas has introduced a bill that would mandate separate election ballots for Federal and local elective offices, in order to avoid the kind of problems experienced during the last election.

Bill No. 54-31(COR) proposes the separation of local and federal elective offices and it would mandate the Guam Election Commission adopt the same policy and procedures for local office absentee ballots as required under the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), [as amended by the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.]

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A release quotes the Senator as saying “I authored this Bill because of all the challenges the Guam Election Commission (GEC) has faced this past election. By amending the current law, we will create concrete parameters by which ballots are issued, received, and tabulated; thus reducing the number of spoiled ballots.”

Co-sponsoring the bill with Senator Dueñas is Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr.

Bill 54-31(COR) can be found on the guamlegislature.org website under the Bills tab, and 31st sub tab. For additional information, call the Office of Senator Chris Dueñas at 989-9944.