DOJ Files Suit Against GEC Over MOVE Act Violations

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Guam- The Guam Election Commission will be filing a response to the Department of Justice’s suit over its failure to comply with the MOVE act and send absentee ballots on the Guam Delegate race at least 45 days before the General Election. DOJ filed in District Court on Wednesday.

At Wednesday evening’s Board of Directors meeting, GEC interim Legal Counsel Rawlen Mantanona said a show cause hearing has been scheduled for October 13 and he will file GEC’s response by this Friday, October 8. Mantanona said DOJ wants the District Court to count additional votes past the November 2 General Election for the Guam Delegate Race.

Read the DOJ’s Complaint Against the GEC

Also during the board meeting, members discussed the preparations in opening the sealed ballots of the Primary Election tomorrow at 9 am and figuring out the cause of the over 4,100 spoiled ballots. The members will be sampling at least 6 precincts that had a high rate of spoiled ballots for statistical purposes. So far, GEC will be looking at Precincts 11, 18I,18a,18b,18d and 18h.

Board member Josh Tenorio says in Precinct 11 (Chalan Pago), 110 of 484 ballots or 22.7% were spoiled.

The list of precinct officials for the General Election was also ratified. There was some discussion on training these individuals on Saturdays and creating precinct official alternates.

The board also spent a good amount of time discussing homebound voting and the rules of deputizing people to go into the homes of ill and bedridden voters to pick up their ballots. GEC’s Legal Counsel reassured members he believes homebound voting is ok and within their boundaries.

The issue of GEC’s office space agreement with the GCIC building and its bids handled by the General Services Agency for new office space was discussed again, but in Executive Session.

Another board meeting will be scheduled sometime next week.