The Commonwealth Election Commission administrative officer recently announced that there are now 1,707 voters registered to participate in this year’s election in the Municipality of Tinian and Aguiguan, and she is expecting more. This is a truly amazing number, in light of the total collapse of Tinian’s economy. It is doubtful that there are 1,707 U.S. citizens on Tinian. It is now likely true that there are more cows on Tinian than votes.
To prevent post-election lawsuits, could we request a little transparency from the Commonwealth Election Commission?
What law are they now using to identify who is qualified to vote in the CNMI election? What are the basic qualifications?
When the CEC travelled to Guam and the U.S. mainland to register voters, which elected officials travelled with them, or met them there?
Can you tell us which candidates are bringing in voters, as stated in the same article?
When the final registration is complete on Sept. 7 and the voter registration list becomes available, how will concerned citizens challenge the votes of people who may not be eligible?
Of course, we expect absentee ballots from students who are attending college full time off-island, or our patriotic citizens who are serving the nation elsewhere. However, we want to make sure that their sacred right to vote is not diluted by illegal votes.
Most of all, it is important to ensure that the choice of leadership for our island is made by local residents who have lived through the last four years of decline and appreciate Tinian poor financial condition.
Don A. Farrell
Marpo Heights, Tinian