In-house and curbside voting starts at GEC and satellite offices

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The first batch of voters went to the Guam Election Commission office Saturday to cast their votes for the 2020 general election.

In-office absentee voting started on Saturday, Sept 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at GEC’s office at the GCIC Bldg in Hagåtña.

Early Saturday morning, Maria Pangelinan, GEC executive director, said same-day appointment slots were available for both curbside and in-office voting.

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“if you’re not registered to vote yet, please come down. You can register and vote at the same time,” Pangelinan said.

The election commission also announced the schedule for in-house absentee voting at the following satellite locations:

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.

Safety plan

GEC recently submitted to the Legislature its safety plan for the 2020 general election.

The commission’s safety plan outlines precautions to protect the voters, staff, and election workers from the COVID-19 virus while ensuring a fair, equal, and safe election.

Part of the plan is to open in-office absentee voting to all qualified voters applying in person at the GEC office in Hagåtña and at temporary satellite offices in select villages.

GEC is taking every precaution to protect the voters and the community-at-large from the spread of COVID-19. Polling rooms will be disinfected before and after election day.

Sites will be equipped with disinfecting solution to sanitize frequently touched surfaces before and after every voter, including but not limited to, door handles, voting booths, tables, and pens.

Masks will also be required for entry to polling sites and will be provided as needed.

In-office absentee voting continues until Oct. 30.

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