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‘True Progress’ or ‘Better Solution’

TODAY, Tuesday, about 70 percent of more than 18,000 registered CNMI voters will elect a governor, a lt. governor, a U.S congressman, six senators, 20 House members, four mayors, nine council members, one Board of Education member, and decide whether to retain Chief Justice Alexandro Castro and Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio. Attorney General Edward Manibusan is running unopposed.

During the early-voting period from Tuesday to Sunday,  more than 5,000 voters cast their ballots. Monday was the last day for early voting.

Republican Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres and his running mate Senate President Arnold I. Palacios cast their votes last week while their independent opponents Juan N. Babauta and running-mate Rita A. Sablan are voting today, Tuesday, at 10 a.m. at the Garapan Round House.

Variety learned that independent U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan will also vote in Garapan while his Republican opponent Rep. Angel Demapan is voting at Dandan Elementary School.

Among those who cast their ballots on Monday were Rota independent Sen. Paul A. Manglona, who was on Saipan for a Senate session that had been canceled, and former Speaker Pete Deleon Guerrero.

Manglona and Deleon Guerrero are supporters of Babauta-Sablan team and Kilili.

In an interview, Manglona said: “We shouldn’t have to have a reason to vote early. Just allow anyone to vote if they choose to vote. They don’t have to check the box for reason of early voting. I think that’s not good. We should encourage everyone to vote. In the states it’s flexible and easy and you don’t need a reason to vote early.”

Precinct 2 independent House candidate Tina Sablan also voted on Monday. “I know that it is going to be a very busy day for me [Tuesday] so I decided to vote early so I can focus on my supporters,” she said.

She noted the “good turnout” for the early-voting period. “I think it’s a good sign. A lot of concerns were expressed earlier that they might have trouble getting to vote as a lot of people are also focused on their properties, but it’s been encouraging to see that people are still making the time and effort to come out and exercise their right to vote. That’s a big duty and we will see more people voting [on Tuesday] as the majority of people really want to vote on Election Day.”

Also voting on Monday were Justice John A. Manglona, his wife District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, Rep. Larry Deleon Guerrero, wife Sinforosa Deleon Guerrero and Commonwealth Ports Authority Executive Director Chris Tenorio.

On Election Day, Nov. 13, voting starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m.

The Commonwealth Election Commission reminds voters to bring a picture ID with them 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).

Where to vote

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)

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108842-true-progress-or-better-solution

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