CEC to print 22,000 ballots


Kayla Igitol

The Commonwealth Election Commission estimates it will print 22,000 ballots for this Nov. 6 general election, according to CEC administrative officer Kayla Igitol yesterday.

As of Wednesday, there were 18,229 registered voters, which is the all-time high record, Igitol said.

She doubts, however, that they are going to reach 19,000 registered voters by the Sept. 7 deadline.

Igitol, however, stated that they are not going to wait for the Sept. 7 deadline to order the printing of ballots, which will be done by a company in Nebraska.

To come up with the number of ballots to be printed, the commission usually doubles 20 percent of the number of registered voters.

By next week, Aug. 23, the commission will start mailing out the forms for absentee ballots.

The forms will be available at CEC office in Susupe or at CEC’s website.

Oct. 12 is the deadline for application for absentee voting by email or regular mail.

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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