Voting slow at first, but picked up later

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The Guam Election Commission reported that voting at polling sites Tuesday morning across the island was a bit slower this year as a result of health and safety measures taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But in the late afternoon and the evening, GEC said voting spiked and more voters showed up at the polls.

GEC commissioner Pat Civille is estimating a 60 percent turnout.

 

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“We were able to clear the line about 9 am, so my perception is it was pretty slow in the morning. Reports from the different precincts up north state there’s no line. It seems okay, it seems to be running pretty smoothly so I don’t know,” GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan said.

There are a total of 55,880 voters this year, about a hundred voters shy from the 2018 general election which showed 55,941 registered voters.

Pangelinan says GEC has also received a few reports of voter challenges throughout the day challenging absentee voters.

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“So the best way to deal with the challenges of absentee voters is to make sure we can deal with it when the absentee voter is available. So we took statements from the challenger and then we will follow up and confirm his or her statements and then also contact the one being complained about,” Pangelinan said.

The GEC board convened at the UOG Fieldhouse to kick off the tabulation of votes from the 67 polling precincts.

Pangelinan says board members and herself visited polling sites throughout the day, collecting report summaries related to election day voting.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.