District voter registration begins August 6
Guam - Less than a month remains until the primary election and the Guam Election Commission is making every stride to build up that voter registration.
While slightly more than 47,000 people are registered to vote, GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan says it could be higher. "As you may know there may be 100,000 people qualified to register to vote, so our numbers are dismal," she explained.
Over 200 volunteer voter registrars - whose names and contact numbers are on the GEC website - were trained these past few months and are readily available to throughout the community to service your voter registration needs. And while these volunteers will be active only until next week Friday, August 8, the GEC is making every effort to make registering to vote more convenient.
Pangelinan said, "District registration will begin at all the mayors' offices starting Wednesday August 6. District registrars will be available from 4pm to 8pm every evening Monday through Friday up until August 20."
Along with the GEC's office in the GCIC Building in Hagatna, you can also register to vote at the Superior Court of Guam in Hagatna up until August 8. The GEC also wants to attract young voters, as registrars are placed at the Guam Community College, the University of Guam and Simon Sanchez High School. Pangelinan says a majority of the island's registered voters happen to be middle-aged, noting, "If they're going to be running our lives, they're going to replace us, and they should start being involved now so that they will know by the time they come to seriously replacing the current senators and current governor and the congressional delegate, they will be seasoned enough and repaired and they will know what it takes to be there," she said.
But it's not just those who turn 18 but those who also just become US citizens. "We try to make it convenient and at the invitation of Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, we go to the special naturalization ceremony and we ask and invite people who still have their certification of naturalization in their hands, we can register them right there on the spot," she said.
19 were recently registered on liberation day. And while you register to vote, the GEC also encourages those who are eligible to sign up for the Decolonization Registry which currently has over 6,400 on the list. For more information, go to http://gec.guam.gov or call them at 477-9791.