A proposed law supported by Democrats and Republicans would implement a streamlined voter registration process for all eligible U.S. citizen residents of Guam with the choice to opt out, was introduced yesterday by Sen. Régine Biscoe Lee. Sens. Wil Castro, Fernando Esteves, Tommy Morrison, Joe San Agustin and Mary Torres co-sponsored Bill 234-34. The measure would register eligible citizens as voters upon their registration for an ID card or driver’s license with the Motor Vehicles Division at the Department of Revenue and Taxation. The registration will happen automatically unless the registrant checks a box to opt out.
The information citizens are asked upon registering to vote is the same information being collected by the DMV. With the policy, the information will be transmitted to election registrars, who check each applicant for voter eligibility, and add or update their information on the voter rolls.
Biscoe Lee said the policy would make voting easier and encourage voter participation because it removes a hurdle in the registration process, and more eligible citizens would be registered to vote.