Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and first lady Diann Torres availed of early voting last Saturday morning and went to the Kagman Community Center to cast their votes.
“I want to make sure that my vote is counted and also to avail of the early vote,” said Torres in an interview later that noon at the Republican Party’s Precinct 1 candidates’ camp near Koblerville Youth Center.
Before COVID-19, governors would normally vote during election day itself.
Torres encouraged everyone to come out and vote early if they can. “Those who have exercised their right to vote early, thank you very much. And to those who have not, we have Monday, one more day to vote early,” he said.
For those who don’t have to vote early, they should vote on election day, tomorrow, Tuesday, Torres said. “It is very important that you exercise that right to vote,” he said.
The governor thanked the Commonwealth Election Commission board and staff and its executive director, Julita A. Villagomez, for their “due diligence and the hard work” during the early voting process on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.
The 21-day early voting on Saipan started last Oct. 13, while the seven-day early voting for Tinian and Rota commenced last Oct. 27. All early voting will end today, Monday.
Voters must bring with them an identification card with their picture as they will be required to present that in order to be issued a ballot at the polling sites.
For those 55 years old and above and those with disabilities, voting hours will be from 8am to 9am. Voting hours for all registered voters will be from 9am to 5pm.