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Slight confusion due to precinct change in Dededo

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Thousands of the island's voters made it out to cast their vote in this year's Decision 2012 General Election. Two of the island's most populated villages in the north were very active during Super Tuesday. The big race being in the village of Yigo, where Republican candidate Rudy Matanane is vying to take the seat of incumbent mayor Bob Lizama.

The two describe the day as positive with the notably larger amount of voters making it to the polls today. "It's been pretty smooth," Matanane speculated. "We've been doing a lot of campaigning, just waving at people and everything seems to be okay. It's very, very positive here."

Lizama said, "I had to wait a good 15-minute to actually cast my vote you know. And it's been very exciting and it rained earlier now the sun is out and at least the wind is blowing and we continue to see voters making their way to the polls."

But the slight gloomy weather at the beginning of the day wasn't the worst of the problems at Yigo. Rosie Quitugua says she is concerned some votes may not be counted after the partisan box from one of the village precinct's was locked. She recalled, "One of our supporters came out after voting and told us that after voting the ballot for the mayoral ballot was not open, so they had to put the ballots in the non-partisan box. So I called the Guam Election Commission."

The GEC reports the issue was corrected and ballots will all be sorted out at the University of Guam Field House.

Over in Dededo, a slight problem: voters finding their polling site. Voters who usually vote at Astumbo were surprised when they found out their votes were now being taken at Liguan Elementary. But in the end residents were just excited to exercise their right to vote such as Marilyn Dablanta and Lilian Cruz. "Liguan is nice, not like before - this is just like I like fiesta here since 8 o' clock since they start everyone's coming here," Dablanta said.

And Cruz commented with, "The lines in there some areas were long. I would say it took a half-hour from the time I came in to the time I came out. I didn't have a problem. I had my name checked-off, I waited in line just like everybody else. And no problem."

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