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Esteves bill allows candidates to run as Independent

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Outgoing Republican Senator Fernando Esteves has introduced a bill that would allow candidates seeking elected office to be able to run as Independents.

Anyone who wants to run as an Independent under current Guam law faces a challenging task.

Independent gubernatorial teams must receive a minimum 20% of total combined votes cast for the winning partisan teams to have their name placed on the General Election ballot.

Independents seeking other offices need at least 10% of the total number of valid ballots cast for that office to be placed on the General Election ballot.

Esteves’ Bill 377-34 would allow candidates to choose the Independent designation and allow Independents to advance to the General Election the same way Republican and Democrat candidates do. Independents would be listed in a separate column on the ballot, according to the bill.

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