The Guam Election Commission will not be conducting another recount, and will therefore not be conducting a hand count of ballots. The commission was responding to multiple requests for a hand count, including one from the gubernatorial team of Sen. Frank Aguon Jr. and Alicia Limtiaco – the presumptive second place finishers in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Ken Leon-Guerrero and Andri Baynum also requested a hand count. The men are initiating a write-in campaign for Aguon-Limtiaco in the general election. Last Saturday’s recount was automatically initiated after a newly adopted formula showed there was a 2 percent difference between Aguon-Limtiaco and the Democratic gubernatorial team of Lou Leon Guerrero and Josh Tenorio.
This was conducted through machine tabulation, however.
Commissioner Jerry Crisostomo said his concern was that the recount led to six more votes in favor of Aguon-Limtiaco but all counts for other gubernatorial campaigns stayed the same.
Crisostomo said a hand count was a reasonable request and it would validate the machine tabulation as well as ensure public accountability.