GEC shares demographics on this year’s election so far

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Guam Election Commission (PNC file photo)

You can learn a lot about an election from demographics.

The director of the Guam Election Commission shared some numbers to shed some light on how the story of this year’s election is unfolding.

Maria Pangelinan, the executive director of the Guam Election Commission, told K57’s Patti Arroyo that as of this week, more than 8,400 people already cast their votes in early voting.

She said that when it comes to young voters, Guam is doing better.

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So far, 6.9% of early voters have fallen into the 18 to 24-year-old demographic.

6.4% have fallen into the 25 to 31-year old demographic.

The largest single block of voters, so far, fell into the 67-year-old and older demographic.

They comprised nearly a quarter of early voters, coming in at 23%.

Across the country, this election year has proven to be a contentious one as the culture seems to be shifting along various demographic lines.

One voting bloc that candidates have been fighting for is the female vote.

When asked if she thinks there’s been an extra effort to bring out the female vote locally, Pangelinan said she thinks women have always been a strong presence in Guam’s electorate.

“Maybe I’m wrong. But maybe we even take a lead role in our area of control with getting the people out to vote. And it’s not only because I’m with the election commission. I think even when I was younger, my mother would ask to let us know to make sure we vote. And my father did too. But I don’t think it’s as much an issue as it is out there in America, I think,” Pangelinan said.

Data on past elections can be found at the Guam Election Commission website. The general election will be held less than two weeks from now on November 3rd.

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