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Off-island, absentee ballots counted

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - On Thursday, the Guam Election Commission counted the last set of votes from the general election. Executive director Maria Pangelinan said, "We are tallying the final absentee ballots and the provisional ballots - we've gone through the provisional ballots trying to get everyone to qualify so we can count their votes. That has been done. Yesterday was the last day to receive off-island ballots, and so at 9am we called 6 representatives from each party and they're all assembled in the GEC Conference Room beginning to tally the votes."

The GEC had 111 absentee ballots from homebound and UOCAVA voters with 151 absentee ballots they were waiting from off-island. 218 provisional ballots were also cast on Election Day for those whose names were not on the Voter Registry. Pangelinan says after verification, less than 50 of those provisional ballots were only counted, adding, "Most of them were because they were not registered, I believe there were a couple that needed IDs, but they didn't come in and Friday was the last day to come in."

Those ballots are the last set of votes to be counted in order for the Guam Election Commission to certify the results. the earliest certification can take place is ten full working days after the General Election, which is Thursday. But what do these hundreds of extra votes mean for the unofficial results?

"Would it affect it? I don't know, I'm not too sure," said Pangelinan. "We'll wait and see."

Once all the ballots are tabulated, the GEC will make a determination whether a recount is necessary for the number 15 and 16 spots for the legislative race. As we reported, the GEC was looking into what is required should the difference between two candidates is 2% or less. The unofficial results put a difference of 344 votes apart.

As for that other recount requested by the Carl Gutierrez-Gary Gumataotao campaign, the executive director said, "We will address administrative complaints and anything that has taken place in the last two weeks, any requests that have come in the last two weeks." 
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