GOP Attorney Files Complaint Alleging Ag Director Attempted to Vote Twice; Torres Denies Allegation

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Guam -The Attorney for the Calvo-Tenorio Campaign, Tom Fisher, confirms that he has filed a formal complaint with the Guam Election Commission over an alleged attempt by the Director of the Department of Agriculture, Joe Torres, to cast a second ballot.

Fisher told PNC News that his complaint alleges that Torres attempted to vote at the Tamuning Precinct this morning after already casting an early in-office vote.

Torres however denied that he attempted to cast a second ballot. Torres told PNC News he merely went to the Precinct to check the record to ensure that his name had been crossed off the voting register and was listed on the pre-voting list.  He says when he learned that it had not been,  he asked the poll worker to ensure that he was listed as having already voted. Torres said that he went to the polling station in the first place because he had heard reports that some names were not on the pre-voting list and he wanted to be sure that his name was on that pre-voting list.

Meanwhile, GEC Director John Blas confirmed Torres’ explanation telling PNC News that he [Blas] has been informed by a Tamuning Precinct Official that Torres merely went to the polling station to check to see whether his name had been crossed off the voting list. Blas said that Torres was apparently just testing the system, and did not attempt to cast a second ballot.

Blas says that there have been various reports of other voters testing the system at various polling stations to ensure that their names have been cross off the list.

However, Calvo-Tenorio Communications Director Troy Torres told PNC News that Tamuning Precinct official Leo Casil challenged the Agriculture Director when he attempted to vote this morning because Torres’ name already appeared on the early voting roster.

Attorney Fisher says that he contacted David Chargulaf at the Guam Election Commission and Fisher said that Chargulaf told him that he would investigate the complaint.