In-house office absentee voting begins

Photo shows in-house office absentee voting at the Guam Election Commission. (PNC file photo)

In-house office absentee voting started Thursday, July 30, as called for by a law passed on July 20th.

Guam Election Commission Executive Director Maria Pangelinan says they started servicing voters Thursday morning and at the time of the interview with PNC, GEC staff just assisted three voters, including two manamko.

As provided by law, qualified registered Guam voters may vote through absentee ballot at the GEC from July 30 to August 28 and Pangelinan is asking qualified registered voters to set up an appointment with the commission.

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“They can come in and request to vote. They can call us. The best way to do it is to call us at 477-9791. When the voter calls while they are on the phone, we are filling up part of the form, so it saves the voter a lot of time,” Pangelinan said.

Pangelinan also assures that GEC is enforcing social distancing directives for those who are coming to get processed at the commission.

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“What you expect to see when you come up to the 3rd floor. First off, before you enter the building, Guam Election Commission staff will take your temperature, ask questions about how you feel, then show you to the hand sanitizer even before you get into the building,” Pangelinan said.

GEC will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during weekdays up until August 28.