GEC gears up for in-office absentee voting

Guam Election Commission (PNC file photo)

The Guam Election Commission has set its in-office absentee voting plan for the 2020 primary election.

On the air with K57’s Patti Arroyo Friday morning, GEC Executive Director Maria Pangelinan said early voting will run from July 30th until August 28th.

GEC staff will accept appointments between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday and walk-ins are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Appointments will also be taken Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. An additional hour from 9 to 10 will be reserved for manamko and those needing extra support.

Pangelinan says ultimately, no one will be turned away.

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“Those people that we say we won’t turn away, if they’re there between 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and they don’t have an appointment, we will slot them in whenever there is an opening,” Pangelinan said.

The office will be ready to start scheduling absentee voting as of next Monday, the 27th.

Pangelinan says the GEC also approved a sole-source procurement for an express voting machine that will allow disabled people to vote independently.

She says sole-source is acceptable here because they need a machine that will be compatible with the GEC’s tabulator.

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“This express vote is called a universal voting machine, anyone can use it. What it does is, you put in your ballot…it’s not the 8.5×14, it’s a smaller ballot and you just insert it into the machine and you will listen to a recording and it will ask you how you want to vote and then go through the steps,” Pangelinan said.

If you’re coming to vote early, you are asked to bring your own blue or black pen and fill out an absentee ballot application form.

If you’re not registered to vote, Pangelinan says you can register on the spot at GEC.