Primary election will push through despite PCOR-1; early voting to continue

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

There will be no cancellation of the island’s primary election despite the declaration of PCOR-1.

According to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, she will allow the Aug. 29 primary election to push through because postponing it could disrupt the timing needed to get the ballots out for the general election.

“Of course, we are going to have to make sure we are adhering to those measures of social distancing and wearing masks. And I know that the Guam Election Commission is preparing for that,” the governor said during her news conference Friday morning.

GEC administrator Maria Pangelinan, in an interview with NewsTalk K-57’s Patti Arroyo, said the election board is set to meet to further discuss the governor’s latest orders.

Pangelinan said in-house absentee voting will be allowed but the number of people may be decreased and the number of hours may be reduced.

She said voters should make an appointment so that GEC would know the exact number of people coming in.