Quinata proposes the elimination of primary elections on Guam
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Sen. Roy Quinata is proposing that the voting process on Guam be streamlined by eliminating primaries in order to cut the election costs.
"As we look to the future of Guam, it is clear that primary elections are no longer a viable way for us to select our elected officials," Quinata said.
Bill 95-36 seeks to lift the "undue burden" that primary elections place on both candidates and taxpayers, as well as limit access to those with enough money or influence to win.
"In order to ensure that everyone has an equal chance at participating in the political process and contributing to our democratic society, I believe it is time for Guam to get rid of primary elections," Quinata said.
Removing primary elections would also save taxpayers money and reduce campaign costs since candidates wouldn't have to run an additional race in order to compete in the general election.
Quinata hopes to create a more accessible system where all voices are heard, and everyone has an equal chance at participating in the political process.
The freshman senator believes that getting rid of primary elections is one step closer to creating a simpler electoral system on Guam.
"Eliminating primary elections will not only save taxpayers money but also create a more inclusive system where all voices are heard," Quinata said."Doing so would make our democratic society stronger by ensuring that everyone has an equal chance at participating in the political process."