Absentee Voting

Guidelines to Absentee Voting

3GCA, § 10101. Conditions Upon the Right to Vote

Any qualified voter of the territory of Guam may, as provided in this Chapter and subject to the conditions of this Section, vote at any election by absentee ballot if he will be prevented from personally going to the polls and voting on election day because of:

  • (a) The conduct of his business or due to other necessary travel, or
  • (b) Illness or physical disability, or
  • (c) Service in the Armed forces or Merchant Marine of the United States, or
  • (d) Employment with the government of Guam, or
  • (e) Attendance at an institution of learning, or
  • (f) Employment in the service of the United States or any Federal agency, or
  • (g) Accompanying a spouse who is engaged in any activity listed (a-f), above

Instructions:

If you are requesting for an absentee ballot please follow the following steps:

Step 1. Print out the Absentee Application (view/download here)

Step 2. Fill out the Application, and sign the affirmation on both the first and second page

  • Please insure to indicate a Email address if available
  • Please insure handwriting is legible

Step 3. Please mail your application to

P.O. Box BG
Hagatna Gu, 96932

 

You may also scan your application and Email it to the GEC at vote[at]gec[dot]guam[dot]gov

 

**Please be advised the last day to submit your absentee application for the Primary Election is August 27, 2014. However, the GEC recommends that you submit your application sooner than the deadline, so that you may receive and submit your absentee ballot in a timely manner**

 

Home-Bound Voters

Any voter who is unable to vote at the polls on Election Day, due to any illness or physical disability may vote by Homebound. The Homebound process begins on  October 6, 2014 and ends on November 14, 2014.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their application before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 4, 2014.

Step 1. Print out the Absentee Application (view/download here)

Step 2. Fill out the Application, and sign the affirmation on both the first and second page

  • Please ensure to indicate an email address if available.
  • Please ensure the handwriting is legible.
  • Please provide contact numbers as well as a point of contact.

Step 3. Please attach a map to your residence.

Step 4. Please mail your application to:

P.O. Box BG
Hagatna Gu, 96932
 
You may also scan your application and Email it to the GEC at vote[at]gec[dot]guam[dot]gov.

 

In-Office Voting

Any voter who will be prevented from voting at the polls on election day due to:

  • (a) The conduct of his business or due to other necessary travel, or
  • (b) Illness or physical disability, or
  • (c) Service in the Armed forces or Merchant Marine of the United States, or
  • (d) Employment with the government of Guam, or
  • (e) Attendance at an institution of learning, or
  • (f) Employment in the service of the United States or any Federal agency, or
  • (g) Accompanying a spouse who is engaged in any activity listed (a-f), above

For any registered voter who will be leaving the island thirty (30) days prior to an election or will be prevented to vote at the polls on Election Day pursuant to §10101 of Title 3 GCA; may come into the GEC upon completing and absentee application cast their absentee ballot beginning  July 31, 2014 to August 29, 2014 for the 2014 Primary Election and beginning October 6, 2014 to October 31, 2014 for the 2014 General Election.

Any unregistered person who will be leaving the island thirty (30) days prior to an election or will be prevented to vote at the polls on Election Day pursuant to §10101 of Title 3 GCA; may come into the office of the GEC and register provided they show proof of U.S. citizenship in the form of a U.S. Passport or a U.S. Birth Certificate. Deadline for registration for the 2014 Primary Election is August 20, 2014 and deadline for registration for the 2014 General Election is October 24, 2014.

 

UOCAVA

The Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA)

UOCAVA allows the following citizens to vote by absentee

  • Members of the Uniformed service ( on active duty ) and merchant marine
  • Their family members
  • U.S. citizen residing outside the United States

Members of the U.S. Uniformed service or merchant marine and their family members may vote absentee while away from their place of voting residence, wherever stationed, inside or outside the United States.

U.S. citizens residing outside the United States and its territories may vote in the state or territory where they last resided immediately prior to departing the United States, even if many years have elapsed and the citizens maintains no residence in the state or territory and the intent to return to the state or territory may not be certain.

UOCAVA requires that states and territories send the groups listed their Federal absentee ballot at Least 45 days prior to any Primary, General or Special Elections; UOCAVA also allows the groups listed to receive their Federal blank ballot and vote in one of three (3) ways: email, air mail, or facsimile upon request.

It is important to note that it is only applicable to the Federal Office Ballot.

UOCAVA voters may go to the www.fvap.gov website and fill out a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and submitted to the GEC; or UOCAVA voters may fill out the attached absentee application along with ballot preference sheet and submit it to the GEC via email at vote@gec.guam.gov, air mail or facsimile (information stated at the bottom of this page).

Registration

Any person seeking to register by mail, must submit a completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) or an absentee application to the GEC, along with an attached copy of a U.S. Passport or a U.S. Birth Certificate with a picture I.D. on or before August 20, 2014. Your timely submission of the required documents will provide the GEC ample time to process and forward you an absentee ballot.

Absentee Application (view/download here)

 

Registering

3GCA, § 3108. Application Constitutes Registration.

The application for an absentee ballot shall constitute a sufficient registration of the voter in the municipality, municipal division or district in which the voter resides; provided, that the application is received by the Commission prior to the closing of the registration rolls, and provided that the provisions of § 3102 of this Title pertaining to citizenship, age and residency on Guam are complied with to the same degree as by a person registering under § 3102. Such application constituting registration shall be preserved and used by the Commission in the same manner as it preserves and uses affidavits of registration

SOURCE: GC § 2059.3, added by P.L. 12-149. Amended by P.L. 25-146:1. Repealed and Reenacted by P.L. 31-255:2

An individual seeking to register must meet the following qualifications as provided in §3101, Title 3 GCA to be a registered voter on Guam:

  • Must not be confined to a mental institution;
  • Must not be judicially declared insane;
  • Must not be committed under a sentence of imprisonment;
  • Must be a citizen of the United States;
  • Must be 18 years of age by the day set for an election; and
  • Must be a resident of Guam.

What you need to register

You must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. A U.S. Passport, Certificate of U.S. Citizenship, or Certificate of Naturalization alone is sufficient. If you do not have either of these documents, please provide the Registrar with an original or certified copy of one document from list (i) AND one document from list (ii) of 3GCA §3102 (excerpted here for your convenience):

(b)            Written evidence of U.S.citizenship for purposes of this Section shall include:

  • (1) U.S.Passport;
  • (2) Certificate of U. S.Citizenship; Certificate of Naturalization;
  • (3) a combination of one (1) document from list (i) and one (1) document from list (ii) as follows:
    • (i)
      • (A) certification of birth abroad issued by the Department of State;
      • (B) original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a state, county, municipal authority, commonwealth district or outlying possession of the United States bearing an official seal;
      • (C) Native American Tribal document;
      • (D) U.S. Citizen ID Card; and
      • (E) government of Guam Cedula;
    • (ii)
      • (A) driver’s license or ID card issued by a state or outlying possession of the United States; provided, it contains a photograph or information such as name, date of birth, sex, height, eye color and address;
      • (B) ID card issued by Federal, state or local government agencies or entities; provided, it contains a photograph or information, such as name, date of birth, sex, height, eye color and address;
      • (C) school ID card with a photograph;
      • (D) voter’s registration card;U.S.Military card or draft record; military dependent’s ID card; and
      • (E) U.S.Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card.

Step 1. Print out the Absentee Application (view/download here)

Step 2. Fill out the Application, and sign the affirmation on both the first and second page

  • Please insure to indicate a Email address if available
  • Please insure handwriting is legible

Step 3. Please attach a copy of your proof of U.S. Citizenship

Step 4. Please mail your application to

P.O. Box BG
Hagatna Gu, 96932
 
…or you may also scan your application and Email it to the GEC at vote[at]gec[dot]guam[dot]gov