The Guam Election Commission could soon get new tabulators if a recently passed bill becomes law. Bill 334, passed by the Legislature on Monday, appropriates $134,250 to buy a ballot tabulation system and $48,500 for ballot stock and coding services for the Guam Election Commission. Guam Election Commission Executive Director Maria Pangelinan said she hopes the commission will have new voting tabulator machines by the primary election on Aug. 30.
Once the funds come in, she expects the tabulators to arrive sometime in July or early August. The four tabulators the election commission has now are old and outdated and caused some problems during the last election in 2012. Election Systems & Software, based in Nebraska, will provide the tabulators and has worked as a vendor with the Election Commission in the past, Pangelinan said.