GEC to proactively engage younger voters

Early voters (PNC file photo)

The Guam Election Commission wants to proactively engage the younger voting population in the November general election.

The election turnout rate on Guam has been historically low in every election cycle, especially for the younger voting demographic.

According to the 2018 Election Comparative Analysis Report, in the 2018 elections, the voter participation rate for the 18-24, 25-31 demographic was at 8.3 and 9.3 percent respectively. Meanwhile older voters — those age 67 and above — registered the highest turnout at 17.1 percent.

GEC Executive Director Maria Pangelinan spoke with K57’s Patti Arroyo about the commission’s plan to engage younger voters by using social media platforms such as Instagram.

Based on observation, Pangelinan said that most of the 353 voters who participated in the in-office absentee voting over the weekend were manamko, or from the older demographic age group.

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“I think our voting age is still up there in terms of demographics …hence Instagram. We hired 9 temporary employees. Most of them, I think, are under 30. Part of their job, besides working in the in-office section of our process, is to recruit their peers to come in and vote,” Pangelinan said.

Voting at GEC satellite offices

This coming Saturday, GEC will start heading out to the villages, starting with Malesso, as part of their village outreach.

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“This Saturday, as part of our increased voter participation, we are going to be in Malesso. Voters who are registered in any village can take the leisurely drive down to Malesso to vote from 9 in the morning to 6 p.m. in the evening,” Pangelinan said.

GEC’s satellite offices are spread throughout the island. Below is the schedule posted by the commission:

Saturday, September 26, 2020 Merizo Martyrs Memorial Elementary School
Saturday, October 3, 2020 George Washington High School, Mangilao
Saturday, October 10, 2020 D.L. Perez Elementary School, Yigo
Saturday, October 17, 2020 Okkodo High School, Dededo


Voters, regardless of voting district, may vote at any of the satellite locations.  Voters will be serviced on a first-come, first-served basis.

The schedule is subject to change.

Voters are reminded to wear a mask, bring a photo ID, and bring a blue or black ink pen.


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Louella Losinio
Louella Losinio is PNC's News Director for TV and Digital Media. She was a former reporter for the Marianas Variety (Guam Edition) and the Guam Daily Post, former editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Pacific Island Times, As a freelance writer, she has contributed content to various regional and local publications such as the Marianas Business Journal, Guam Business Magazine, The Guamanian, and Island Times. Aside from her decade-long experience in the media and print industry, Louella has experience in technical writing, education, and nonprofit management.