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One-sided ballots will be considered spoiled

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - After a brief meeting to review some of the issues raised by island voters during today's primary election, the Guam Election Commission has noted reports about one-sided printed ballots namely with only the Republican Party candidates. Commissioner Dot Chargualaf says she heard of those one-sided ballots in Agana Heights Elementary. Executive Director Maria Pangelinan says of the 100,000 ballots, she has received reports of 18 one-sided ballots in Tamuning Elementary, 1 at wettengel elementary and 1 at Liguan Elementary in Dededo. KUAM has also received inquiries about some at Maria Ulloa Elementary.

She attributes this to a printing error and says GEC is accounting for them. Election Systems & Software officials note the machines will not count one-sided ballots and will spit them out. Pangelinan adds the one-sided ballots will be considered spoiled ballots. There was a suggestion by commissioner Alice Taijeron about isolating those precincts with the reported one sided ballots and along with running the ballots through the machine, also manually tabulating them. Pangelinan meanwhile told KUAM earlier that she is aware of possible ballots that were already filled in, but could only say they are looking into it.

A motion was passed to count all the ballots through the machines and once done at UOG, the GEC will go back and manually look at all the ballot to verify if there were any one-sided ballots. We should note the GEC cannot certify the results until 10 days after the election in order to take into account provisional and overseas absentee ballots.
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