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Nearly 56,000 registered voters for Tuesday's general election

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Under the particularly watchful eye of the members of its board of directors, the Guam Election Commission late this afternoon ran their final test run of the tabulation machines that will tally the ballots for Super Tuesday's general election. Once again, three operative machines from vendor Election Systems & Software will be used to scan and count what's expected to be several tens of thousands of ballots, and with the number of races and candidates logistically whittled-down considerably from September's primary election - each voter had to complete three ballots for the various partisan and non-partisan races compared to the general's single ballot - the actual counting of ballots Tuesday night should, in theory, flow smoothly and quickly.

What remains to be seen, however, is the impact on the process of the write-in campaign of Frank Aguon, Jr. and Alicia Limtiaco. The GEC has stated that should the number of ballots with write-in candidates be significant, they will proceed with a hand-count of those affected ballots. The commission had previously approved four naming formats in which a write-in vote for the Aguon/Limtiaco could be counted.

GEC board chairperson Alice Taijeron commented that there is the potential that we could possibly be in for "a long, long night", but that she has total faith in the process and personnel being utilized by the agency to manage the activities efficiently, accurately, and swiftly.

 
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Protocol aside, the actual tabulator machines bear affectionate names. They've previously been named after former GEC members, but this year again carry the creative nametags Tano, Manglo and Guafi - native Chamorro for earth, wind and fire.

Some interesting statistics that were revealed during the board meeting included the total number of registered voters, being 55,941. This is a bump-up from the just slightly over 54,000 voters in September's primary election. Also, the GEC announced that they sent a crew to Saipan to facilitate voting for the various Guam Power Authority line crews and military personnel that were assigned to the CNMi to aide with Super Typhoon Yutu relief efforts.

To date, said GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan, they allowed several dozen such servicepeople to cast their votes, and that her staff continues to reach out to Army Guard on standby for deployment to give them the opportunity to get their votes in, as well.

KUAM's coverage of the Decision 2018 General Election begins with social media and web coverage starting at 7am when the polls open, and we'll take you through the sights, sounds and people behind the event all day long. We'll release the results the UOG exit poll at 8pm, and our live coverage starts on Facebook Live and KUAM-TV8 at 10pm.

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