GEC Will Manually Tabulate Overseas Military Ballots Today

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Guam – The Guam Election Commission has announced that they will manually re-count the absentee ballots from overseas military members who cast votes in the Guam Delegates race.

The deadline for GEC to receive those ballots was yesterday [Monday]. The ballots will be recounted today [Tuesday]. These are ballots for the Guam Delegates race only in which Madeleine Bordallo ran unopposed. Only her race remains un-certified and it can not be certified until these final overseas ballots have been counted.

The deadline for submission of those ballots was ordered by the Federal District Court following a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.

A release from GEC Executive Director John Blas states that:

“In compliance with the Uniform Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act [UOCAVA] as amended by the MOVE Act, and as ordered by the Court, the deadline for receipt of the Federal Ballot by the UOCAVA voters was extended to November 15, 2010.

At 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, the Guam Election Commission will be conducting a manual tabulation of those UOCAVA ballots received. The tabulation will take place in the 2nd Flr. Conference Room located in the GCIC Bldg. in Hagåtña. Representatives from the Office of Congresswoman Bordallo, representatives from the Democratic and Republican parties, and the media are welcomed to observe this process.

The results of the manual tabulation will be presented when the Board reconvenes its meeting this afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

For more information on this Press Release, you may call GEC Executive Director John F. Blas at (671) 477-9791-4, or send an email to director@gec.guam.gov