by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Guam Election commission approved the proposed changes to its election procedures and policies. The amendments were mandated by the Legislature in PL 31-61. Several of the changes include that the GEC will comply with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act for registered voters who serve in the military and are on deployment.
The GEC would be required to get the ballots to the troops 45 days before the election is conducted. UOCAVA only applies to the Delegate race, however the commission is still considering applying the act towards other elected officials. Another change is paying a set rate of $350 to precinct leaders and clerks.
The commission will transmit the 2012 election rules and regulations to the Legislature Friday so that they can begin the process of finalizing the election procedures.