Pangelinan says some homebound voters are faking their illness or disability

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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.

Island mayors have been asked to expand their role in vetting homebound voters in their respective villages.

Those who are unable to vote at the polls because of an illness or physical disability may vote by Guam Election Commission’s Homebound Service.

They are scheduled by appointment.

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.

Pangelinan says the service comes at a great cost to the commission in terms of appropriating manpower and resources. And with the island currently in a pandemic, election officers also worry about the possibility of contracting COVID while out on the field.

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“I respectfully request that your recommendation for homebound voting services … that they be truly homebound. We’ve had experience that when we go to a house, we have to wait for them to come home from Kmart! So please make sure … it is a very expensive service and for us it is almost scary,” Pangelinan said.

So far, GEC has already assisted around 250 homebound voters.

Meanwhile, Pangelinan says the GEC is on track and looking to hit its 50 percent voter turnout goal.

As of yesterday, around 8400 early voters had already cast their ballot.

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