Deadline to apply for absentee voting today

The deadline to apply for absentee voting by electronic/mail is today, Friday, according to Commonwealth Election Commission executive director Julita Villagomez.

As of yesterday, 89 out of 177 Northern Islands voters, or 50.28 percent, had already cast their votes for the Nov. 6 general election.

In an interview with Saipan Tribune yesterday, Villagomez said with respect to application for absentee voting, the deadline will be today, Friday, at 4pm for walk-ins, and that the cut-off for those who avail of electronic application is also today at midnight.

Villagomez said walk-in absentee ballot applicants need to bring an identification card and fill up the application over the counter at CEC’s office in Susupe.

CEC started accepting request for absentee ballots last Aug. 23.

CEC’s records show that as of yesterday, there were 1,982 who were given absentee ballots. They reside mostly in the U.S. mainland, Guam, and Hawaii.

There are two absentee voters in Japan, two in the Philippines, and one each in Switzerland and Canada.

Regarding early voting for the Northern Islands, Villagomez said the process has been running “pretty good.”

As of Tuesday, 89 have already voted; no one voted in the past two days.

Villagomez disclosed that starting Oct. 15, they will be moving the polling place for the Northern Islands early voters from the CEC office to Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center.

Early voting for Northern Islands will end on Nov. 5 or a day before the election.
Early voting for Saipan, Tinian, and Rota will commence on Oct. 30.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at

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