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It's bon voyage for the Guam Election Commission as Executive Director Maria Pangelinan and staff head off-island to attend two conferences. The GEC will attend the Council of State Governments' cyber-security conference in Kentucky and then it's off to Philadelphia for the Council of Government Ethics and Laws' conference.

Pangelinan says attending the cyber-security conference will give the GEC valuable insight into how to carry out the 2020 elections.

"We hope to be able to buy new tabulation equipment for 2020, so we want to be able to make sure we look at all the aspects including cyber-security as we begin the procurement process for tabulation equipment," Pangelinan said.

Panglinan and staff leave tomorrow morning and will jump into sessions right off the plane in Kentucky. After three days in Kentucky it's on to the next conference, where the GEC will attend campaign finance seminars. Pangelinan  says while the GEC may not necessarily adopt and mirror stateside procdures, there will be valuable takeaways.

"More so to localize what's best practices for Guam," Pangelinan said.

According to Pangelinan, the trip is 100% federally funded.

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