As of yesterday, there were a total of 17,728 registered voters in the CNMI for this Nov. 3 general election, according to Commonwealth Election Commission executive director Julita A. Villagomez.
So far, that means the number of voters for this year’s election went down. In the 2018 election, there were 18,914 registered voters, the highest ever recorded. Villagomez expects the number of voters for this year’s election to increase as there is still enough time to register, considering that the last day for registration is Sept. 4. She said some voters wait until they turn 18 before registering.
Right now, of the 17,728 registered voters, 14,053 are on Saipan, 164 on the Northern Islands, 1,650 on Tinian, and 1,861 on Rota.
Villagomez reminded those turning 18 on or before election day that they don’t have to wait as they can come in now and register to vote. “They should be 18 on election day,” Villagomez said.
As of 10:50am yesterday, more than 20 people, mostly students, went to CEC in Susupe to register. She said most of the students registered to vote because they are trying to meet scholarship requirements.
She said they had already removed from the list of registered voters those who failed to vote in two consecutive elections, and those who have already passed away.
Unlike previous elections when CEC staff would entertain people inside their office, Villagomez said those who go to CEC to register or file petitions for nomination and candidacy this year should stay outside at the service window. She said people should also wear a mask and observe proper social distancing.
Villagomez said they are planning to put up a tent outside near the service window on Monday, July 6, for the first day of the submission of petitions and candidacies.