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GEC preps to print ballots, buy new tabulators

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - The Guam Election Commission continues to prepare for this year's primary election as the ballot is set for printing and new tabulation machines are to set to arrive in less than a month. It was the luck of the draw as several candidates running in this year's election along with their families filled the GEC Wednesday to pick their placement on next month's primary ballot. The GEC will now head to the printers.

"We'll be at the printing presses for this weekend and starting today, actually we've sent out the ballot layout already to the printer and we're working on getting that done," said executive director Maria Pangelinan.

The ballot placement drawing was for the races that had more than one candidate:

Attorney General

1. Leonardo Rapadas
2. Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson


Non-voting delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives

Democrats
1. Madeleine Bordallo
2. Matthew Artero


Guam Legislature

Democrats
1. BJ Cruz
2. Michael San Nicolas
3. Rodney Cruz, Jr.
4. Judi Guthertz
5. Hope Cristobal
6. Tina Rose Muna Barnes
7. Frank Ungacta, Jr.
8. Tom Ada
9. Judi Won Pat
10. Dennis Rodriguez, Jr.
11. Derick Baza Hills
12. Rory Respicio
13. Adolpho Palacios
14. Frank Aguon, Jr.
15. Nerissa Underwood


Republicans
1. Chris Duenas
2. Valentino Perez
3. Tony Ada
4. Brant McCreadie
5. Tommy Morrison
6. Roland Blas
7. Frank Blas, Jr.
8. Romeo Carlos
9. Felix Benavente
10. Jim Espaldon
11. Mary Torres
12. Adonis Mendiola
13. Michelle Hope Taitano
14. Wil Castro
15. Aline Yamashita
16. Glenn Leon Guerrero


And as the GEC works on the ballots, they're also preparing for the purchase of new tabulation machines. Bill 377 was passed and signed into law this week appropriating $206,000 for three new tabulation machines, ballot stock and coding services. Pangelinan says the funds are now loaded into the account with a contract being finalized and sent to vendor Election Systems & Software in Nebraska for signature. "There's talk about a date so we're looking at possibly August 4 where it will be with GEC," she said.

She adds the contract also includes maintenance and warranty. Pangelinan says the day the machines arrives, the GEC will immediately conducting training and testing on them.

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