CEC to start receiving absentee ballot requests tomorrow


The Commonwealth Election Commission will start receiving requests for absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 election tomorrow, Thursday, CNMI time.

CEC executive director Julita Villagomez said yesterday that they will start giving forms for absentee ballots tomorrow to walk-in registered voters.

Villagomez said off-island registered voters can also start downloading and filling out their application forms for absentee ballots tomorrow.

“We will check or verify the records if they are registered voters,” she added.

For walk-ins, she said, CEC staff will check the records right there and, if they are indeed registered voters, they will be told that their applications are good.

Villagomez said absentee voters will be given the ballots if CEC is already done with the printing.

For those who will use CEC’s website to get the application for absentee ballots, she said they just need to fill out the form, scan it, then either email or fax it to CEC.

Villagomez said the applicants should check if CEC receives their filled-out forms.

Villagomez said during the last election, there were close to 3,000 absentee voters, including early voters.

Oct. 12, CNMI time, is the deadline for application for absentee voting by electronic/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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