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GEC expects high voter turnout this year

Posted: Jul 13, 2018 5:28 PM Updated:

The Guam Election Commission held a regular meeting today as preparations for Decision 2018 already underway at the GEC. Absentee ballots sent out and discussion centering around feeding the nearly 400 election workers who will be on the clock for the primary election.

And for the first time ever, the GEC will feed primary poll personnel 2 meals each at the 22 polling sites and at the GEC office in Hagatna. GEC director Maria Pangelinan said village mayors have been a tremendous help in election, the GEC board gave Pangelinan the green light.

"With regard to feeding the precinct officials, the precinct officials are there from 5:30 on until about 8:30, and they're not allowed to take a break," she confirmed.

As far as cost - no clue yet. Also discussed - numbers are up for the primary. Volunteer registrars are doing their thing and Pangelinan says an increase in registered voters this year may be because of the highly competitive Democratic party primary election.

Last election cycle, there were only 49,363 registered voters. This year for 2018 - only in June - we already have 51,382.

Pangelinan says the GEC is expecting higher voter turnout in Decision 2018, partly because it is a gubernatorial election year.

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