By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Early voting now a permanent option for Guam voters
Guam voters who may choose to cast their ballots ahead of election day are now able to do so by virtue of Bill 120-36 now Public Law 36-41.
Sen. James Moylan's early voting bill was among the measures signed by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero on July 19.
Last year, the 35th Guam Legislature passed a measure, which facilitated early voting for the 2020 elections at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. While overall voting numbers may have taken a hit on election day, most voters took advantage of the 30-day window to cast their ballot, as it was proven to be safe, simple, and convenient.
“Bill 120-36 was introduced to increase voter participation moving forward. While the 2020 election cycle was an anomaly, there was much positive interest with the convenience which early voting provided, that it was only practical to make the process permanent," Moylan said.
"While the previous language provided the option for those with official reasons to cast their ballots early, this measure removes any, and all restrictions," he added.
The early voting bill was co-sponsored by Vice Speaker Tina Muna-Barnes, along with Sens. Joe S. San Agustin, Jose “Pedo” Terlaje and Mary Camacho Torres.
Bill 120-36 was drafted in collaboration with the Guam Election Commission.
“I would also like to extend an appreciation to Executive Director Maria Pangelinan of the GEC, and her team. They proved in 2020 that early voting can be managed efficiently, and I am optimistic that they will continue those efforts for future elections," Moylan said.