Additional costs and other factors such as the implementation of the Real ID requirement in June could affect the implementation of the automatic voter registration process proposed in Bill 234-34. The concerns were expressed by Guam Election Commission Executive Director Maria Pangelinan, who testified during Wednesday’s public hearing on the legislation. Bill 234 proposes to implement automatic voter registration for eligible U.S. citizen residents of Guam.
The measure, introduced by Sen. Régine Biscoe Lee, would register eligible citizens as voters upon their registration for an ID card or driver’s license with the Motor Vehicles Division of the Department of Revenue and Taxation. The registration will happen automatically unless the registrant checks a box to opt out.
“We know that it is going to cost us some more money and we have indicated what the cost may be,” Pangelinan said. “As you know, we are still working on the implementation of online voter registration and we still have not come to how much it will cost completely.”