CEC to mail 1,383 absentee ballots today


The Commonwealth Election Commission will start mailing 1,383 absentee ballots today, Tuesday, according to CEC executive director Julita Villagomez.

In an interview with Saipan Tribune yesterday, Villagomez said this is only the first batch of absentee ballots that will be sent to the U.S. mainland, Hawaii, and Guam.

“As soon as they receive their ballots, they can start voting and mailing it back,” said Villagomez.

She said they don’t know yet the total number of absentee voters for the Nov. 6 general election.

The deadline for application for absentee voting by electronic/mail is Oct. 12. CEC started receiving requests for absentee ballots last Aug. 23.

Villagomez said she hand-carried 3,400 absentee ballots from the U.S. mainland last weekend.

As of yesterday, she disclosed that there are a total of 18,983 voters in the CNMI, an all-time high.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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