Election Commission Schedules Teleconference With DoJ Over MOVE Act Violation

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Guam – The Guam Election Commission will be holding a tele-conferance with a U.S. Justice Department Attorney Tuesday morning in an effort to bring the Commission into compliance with the MOVE Act.

The Military Overseas Voter Empowerment Act [MOVE] requires that absentee ballots be mailed out 45 days prior to any election for a Federal Office.

The only candidate running for a Federal Office this November is Madeline Bordallo.

The ballots should have been mailed out last Saturday, September 18th. But GEC Executive Director John Blas says the ballots still have not been sent out because they are not ready yet and he acknowledges that means that Guam is already in violation of the Act.

Blas also told the board is still waiting for the ballot stock, which was expected to have arrived last week, but Blas says the stock is being held up in Hawaii.

He says that the commission’s Attorney Caesar Cabot is already working with the Department of Justice to bring the GEC into compliance with the Act. One suggested solution is to print out the ballots in their current PDF form and send them out.