The Guam Legislature and the Guam Election Commission want to give residents a chance to kill two birds with one stone at the Department of Revenue & Taxation. Talks of automatic voter registration were up for discussion at today’s Mayors Council of Guam meeting. Both parties are hoping to gain support from local village mayors in their effort. Senator Regine Biscoe Lee and GEC Director Maria Pangelinan made an appearance before the Mayor’s Council special meeting today to discuss an important topic of the year – voter registration.
With the primary election approaching, high voter participation is highly sought after. “Division of Motor Vehicle and Guam Election Commission are working together towards motor voter registration and online voter registration and if Senator Regine Biscoe Lee’s bill passes, we’re going to have automatic voter registration,” she said.
The current law calls for motor and online voter registration, allowing citizens to register at the DMV or on a computer. However, both only provide the opportunity and if not taken, potential voters would still have to visit the GEC office, resulting in a low voter turnout.