GEC expects more curbside and early voters before Nov. 17 runoff

Photo shows a long line of curbside and in-office voters. (Viewer submitted photo)

The Guam Election Commission is expecting more people to vote early before the actual Nov. 17 runoff between incumbent Guam Delegate Michael San Nicolas and his challenger Dr. Robert Underwood.

GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan told K57’s Patti Arroyo that they are expecting more curbside and early voters and that in fact, on Tuesday alone, during the Veterans Day holiday, GEC received more than 800 voters in one day.

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“Here at GEC– we’ve served I think almost 500 last night…yesterday…I mean during Veterans Day, the staff were busy servicing over 500 downstairs …and I think 300 upstairs,” Pangelinan said.

She added that the voting numbers are looking good and GEC continues to work to get voter participation back up.

In terms of the impact of the runoff to GEC’s resources, Pangelinan says the fixed costs for precinct officials — polling sites and others — plus the strain among the staff is the same.

Nearly 2400 people have already voted early for the congressional runoff election, according to Pangelinan.

Election officials are training precinct workers this week. According to Pangelinan, they have enough precinct officials and most of the trainees were the ones that worked the general elections.

However, Pangelinan says they may need more staff to serve as election assistants who can assist with curbside voting.