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District registration start at mayors' offices

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - It's aimed at providing convenience to island residents to register to vote. And starting next week the Guam Election Commission will begin district registration at the island's mayors' offices.

GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan says it's another chance to build the Voter Registry, telling KUAM News, "We want to hear everyone's voices, so it makes it convenient for people when they get home from work or school to be able to go to the mayor's office instead of coming down to the GEC to register."

Starting October 13, district registration begins at the island's mayors offices Monday through Friday from 4pm to 8pm. And while district registration proved to register hundreds of voters during the primary election, the GEC is still short on its goal. As of early October, only 49,699 voters were registered - just about 600 more from the primary election. "Very slow very slow in talking with the community, I was told we should have been at 50,000 right about now," she said.

"Hopefully the forums and debates peak the people's interest and they come in and register to vote."

Volunteer voter registrars we should note will be available during several forums such as ones hosted by the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce and the Guam Community College. "The more decisions or the more votes to be cast for different issues, different people, I think that attracts voters, so the better the ballot, the better the slew of candidates we have, the better off we are," she explained.

Aside from political events, the GEC is also coming to your place of work to register voters as businesses have called to set up voter drives. Pangelinan explained, "Community organizations have called us and asked us for registrars so what we do is connect them to the volunteer registrars and if GEC needs to assist then we go out to assist we have at least two or three workplaces that have called for voter registration."

To register at your mayor's offices, you're advised to bring a picture identification and a US Passport or birth certificate. 
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