GEC Plans To Stay At GCIC For Now As In-Office Voting Begins

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Guam- Over 40 people showed up to vote for the General Election on the first day of in-office voting.

Guam Election Commission (GEC) Executive Director John Blas says although their lease has expired with the GCIC building, he and his staff don’t plan on moving out anytime soon. In the meantime, bids for new office space are already open by the General Services Agency (GSA). But at this point, Blas mentions their landlord would classify them as a hold-over tenant, which would be $500-$600 dollars more than what GEC is paying per month. He also plans to ask the landlord for use of the 2nd floor conference room for election preparations. Blas says GEC is already budgeted to cover these costs.

“I guess with respect to what the landlord needs to do with us is to consider us as a hold-over tenant, at which we would actually pay based on that hold-over process or costs for staying on board as a hold-over tenant” said Blas.

Blas also says GEC is still anticipating litigation from the Department of Justice (DOJ) for non-compliance with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).

However, he adds officials are helping them with their process to send out absentee ballots for the Guam Delegate race.

Meanwhile, in-office voting hours are on weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am to 12 noon.