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Big turnout on 1st day of early-voting period

THERE was a huge turnout of voters on the first day of the early-voting period Tuesday.

Among them were former Sen. Herman “HR” Guerrero of Precinct 4, Republican Precinct 4 House candidate Joel Camacho and GOP adviser and former Sen. Pete Reyes.

Guerrero said he decided to vote early so he could focus on other things.

Camacho, for his part, said he wants to focus on the recovery efforts.

He said he was surprised to see that there was already a lot  of voters outside the multi-purpose center at 8 a.m. Early voting starts at  8:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The last day for early voting is Nov. 12. Election Day is on Nov. 13, Tuesday.

“Most likely is has something to do with the typhoon recovery efforts,” Camacho said, referring to the turnout. “People want it [election] out of their way so they can get back to their homes and families and take care of their business, houses and livelihood. It’s good that there’s a good turnout today. It’s really up to the people to decide who they want to represent them in the House.”

He added, “I decided to vote early because I want this thing out of my way also to focus on bigger things like the recovery efforts and helping out the community. There are still a lot of things that we need to do so let’s get it done and move forward.”

Camacho was with his father, Sam Camacho.

Former Sen. Pete P. Reyes said he decided to vote early because he will off-island on Nov. 12.

“It’s a huge turnout and we anticipate more early voters coming in until Election Day,” Reyes said, adding that in the 2016 election, he also voted early.

Election Commission Administrative Officer Kayla Igitol said the “turnout is high — the number is high. So far the process is smooth and we don’t have any issues or problems so far. Everything is running smoothly.”

Igitol said the  early voting on Tinian was a “little slow.” She added that she had not heard from Rota yet.

Also on Tuesday, outside the multi-purpose center, election commission staff handed ballots to voters with disabilities, the sick and the elderly who couldn’t get down from their vehicles.

These voters filled out the ballots while in their cars and once they were done, CEC staff collected the ballots and dropped them into a box.

Senate President Arnold I. Palacios, Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres’s running-mate, was at the GOP’s command post across from the multi-purpose center along with other Republican candidates and supporters.

“They want it done as early as possible so they can be more relaxed and focused on other important things on Election Day,” Palacios said, referring to the early voters. “I will be voting on Nov. 13,” he added.

Early voters are seen outside the Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center on Tuesday morning. Photo by Cherrie Anne E. VillahermosaEarly voters are seen outside the Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center on Tuesday morning. Photo by Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

On Election Day, Nov. 13, voters can cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In a statement, the CEC said the Election Day polling places are as follows:

Election District

Precinct 1A (San Antonio Area)

Polling Place 

Koblerville Youth Center (Main Entrance) 

Election District

Precinct 1B-1/1B-2 (San Vicente/Dandan Area)        

Polling Place 

Dandan Middle School Cafeteria (Dandan baseball/softball field Entrance)

Election District

Precinct 1C (Koblerville Area)

Polling Place 

Koblerville Youth Center (Main Entrance)

Election District

Precinct 2 (Chalan Kanoa/Susupe Area)          

Polling Place 

Joeten-Kiyu Public Library (Main Entrance)  

Election District

Precinct 3A (San Jose/Oleai) 

Polling Place 

MVA Facility (Main Entrance)

Election District

Precinct 3B-1/3B-2 (Garapan Area)     

Polling Place        

Garapan Central Park (Main Entrance)     

Election District    

Precinct 4A (Tanapag Area)  

Polling Place        

Tanapag Youth Center (Front Entrance)  

Election District  

Precinct 4B (San Roque/As Matuis Area)  

Polling Place

Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School Cafeteria (Main)

Election District  

Precinct 4C (Capital Hill Area) 

Polling Place   

Jesus P. Mafnas Legislative Building (Main Entrance)   

Election District        

Precinct 4D (Northern Islands)

Polling Place   

Alamagan, Pagan and Agrigan

Election District        

Precinct 5-1/5-2 (Kagman Area)

Chacha Middle School Cafeteria (Main Entrance)

Election District

Precinct 6  (Tinian & Aguiguan)

Polling Place 

Tinian DPS/DFEMS (Bay Entrance)     

Election District

Precinct 7 (Rota)    

Polling Place 

Rota-NMC Room A-1 (Main Entrance)

As mandated by 1 CMC §6218, the CEC said voters must ensure that they bring with them a pictured ID as they will be required to present it in order to be issued a ballot at the polls. For more information, call 235-8683(VOTE).

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108705-big-turnout-on-1st-day-of-early-voting-period

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