Few Differences Found So Far During Guam Election Audit

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Yona recount shows no ‘significant’ vote discrepancies

By Cameron Miculka

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Jan. 15, 2013) – The Guam Election Commission (GEC) yesterday continued counting ballots as part of the audit required by the recently passed election reform bill.

GEC Executive Director Maria Pangelinan said they completed counting ballots for the 2010 gubernatorial race for one precinct -- Precinct 10 in Yona.

The recount showed no significant change in votes for the election. In fact, both Gov. Eddie Calvo's ticket and Former Gov. Carl Gutierrez's ticket lost one and two votes, respectively, in the recount.

Last week, the GEC counted the provisional ballots that were processed during the 2010 General Election.

Pangelinan said of the 170 provisional ballots processed, 10 were cast, leaving 160 uncounted provisional ballots.

When compared with the ballots that were purged, referring to voters removed from rolls for not voting in two consecutive general elections, the GEC found 44 individuals who were purged from the rolls in 2010.

Under Guam law, the GEC is required to send notices to voters who are about to be purged from voter lists. Furthermore, the GEC is supposed to keep records that demonstrate if those notices were sent.

However, Pangelinan says she has "yet to find records that purged voters were sent notices."

She also noted that two senior election officials said they "don't recall sending notices," when they were asked about the issue.

Recount continues

The recount is expected to continue this week.

Last month, the Legislature passed a law, overriding a veto by Gov. Eddie Calvo, requiring the review and audit of 2010 General Election results.

After questions of whether the law required them to recount all votes cast in 2010, GEC legal counsel Jeffrey Cook recommended choosing various precincts that would give the GEC a reasonable idea of whether the vote count in 2010 was legitimate.

The commission last week decided to do a recount in five precincts: Precinct 10 in Yona, Precinct 14 in Mongmong-Toto-Maite, Precinct 19B in Yigo, and Precincts 15B and 15C in Barrigada.

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