Absentee Voting

Guidelines to Absentee Voting

3 GCA § 10101. Conditions Upon the Right to Vote

Any qualified voter of the territory of Guam may, as provided in Chapter 10 of Title 3 of the Guam Code Annotated, vote at any election by absentee ballot if he or she 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

3 GCA § 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 3 GCA § 3102 pertaining to citizenship, age, and residency on Guam are complied with to the same degree as by a person registering under 3 GCA § 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.

Instructions:

If you are requesting for an absentee ballot, please follow these steps:

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

Step 2. Fill out the application and sign the affirmation.

  • Please indicate an e-mail address that you check regularly, if available.
  • Please ensure your handwriting is legible.

Step 3. Please mail your application to the Guam Election Commission at
P.O. Box BG
Hagatna, GU 96932

You may also scan your application and e-mail it to the GEC at voteAbsentee@gec.guam.gov

You may also submit your executed application to the GEC at Suite 200 of the GCIC Building in Hagåtña.

**Please note: the last day to submit your absentee application for the 2018 General Election is  November 3, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. CST. However, the GEC respectfully recommends that you submit your application sooner than the deadline so that the absentee process can be completed in time for you to receive your absentee packet and send it back to GEC. Please note that, pursuant to 3 GCA § 10114 and 10116, GEC must receive your ballot by 5:00 p.m. on the tenth day after any election to be counted.**

 

 

Home-Bound Voters

Any voter who is unable to vote at the polls on Election Day due to an illness or physical disability may vote by Homebound Service. Homebound voters are serviced by appointment from October 8, 2018 to November 6, 2018 for the General Election. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application before 12:00 p.m. on November 6, 2018 to vote in the General Election.

 

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

Step 2. Fill out the application and sign the affirmation.

  • Please indicate an e-mail address you check regularly, if available.
  • Please ensure the handwriting is legible.
  • Please provide contact numbers and a point of contact with whom GEC will schedule the homebound service appointment.

Step 3. Please attach a map to your residence.

Step 4. Please mail your application to the Guam Election Commission at
P.O. Box BG
Hagatna, GU 96932

You may also scan your application and Email it to the GEC at voteAbsentee@gec.guam.gov

You may also designate an individual to submit your executed application to the GEC at Suite 200 of the GCIC Building in Hagåtña.

 

In-Office Voting

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

Any qualified voter of Guam may vote in any election by absentee ballot if he or she 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;

Registered voters who will be off island or otherwise prevented from personally voting at the polls on Election Day pursuant to 3 GCA § 10101 (listed above), may complete an absentee application and cast an absentee ballot at the Guam Election Commission during regular business hours from October 8, 2018 to November 5, 2018 for the General Election.

Any unregistered person who is qualified to vote pursuant to 3 GCA § 3101 and who will be off island or otherwise prevented from personally voting at the polls on Election Day pursuant to 3 GCA §10101 (listed above) may register to vote, complete an absentee application, and cast an absentee ballot at the Guam Election Commission during regular business hours from October 8, 2018 to October 26, 2018 for the General Election.

 

 

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 October 26, 2018. Your timely submission of the required documents will provide the GEC ample time to process your application and mail you the absentee ballot packet.

Absentee Application (view/download here)