Less than 2 weeks before election, GEC still needs precinct officials, poll workers

At the Mayors' Council meeting this week, GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan asked village mayors to help ensure homebound voting applicants actually qualify for the service.

With less than two weeks until election day, the Guam Election Commission still needs precinct officials and election workers to assist in the elections.

According to GEC, to qualify as a precinct official, the applicant must be registered to vote in their respective districts. They must not be holding or be a nominee for an elected office and they must not be an immediate relative of an elected official or candidate.

They are also required to pass a standard election law exam, among other qualifications.

Precinct officials are paid a stipend of $450 per election. Meanwhile, election workers get paid $200. The difference, according to GEC Executive Director Maria Pangelinan, is because precinct officials get custody of the ballots.

During the Mayors’ Council of Guam meeting Wednesday morning, Pangelinan asked for the village mayors’ assistance in finding applicants who are vetted by the mayors themselves.

Pangelinan says the goal is to have 150 precinct officials trained by election day.

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“If you are interested or if you know people from your village who are interested, we are training precinct officials as we speak. We are training at the UOG Fieldhouse. We are scheduling them by village — we already trained already Dededo, Yigo, and Tamuning,” Pangelinan said.

According to Pangelinan, with Guam currently in a pandemic, GEC wants to make sure that the election officials are promoting safety at the polls.