In Office Absentee Voting

Pursuant to P.L. 35-95 and P.L. 35-96, any qualified voter of Guam may vote in the 2020 General Election during the 45-day In Office Absentee Voting Period as provided for in 3 GCA 10107.

What does this mean?

From Saturday, September 19, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020, qualified (registered) voters of Guam may exercise their right to vote via absentee ballot at the office of the Guam Election Commission and at satellite locations.

Hours of Operation at GEC Office

Sat., Sept. 19, 20209:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Manamko’ Hour
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday
Sept. 21-Oct. 30, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Manamko’ Hour
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Guam Election Commission is now taking appointments for In Office Absentee Voting for the 2020 General Election.  Voters can call 477-9791 to schedule an appointment to begin voting Saturday, September 19, 2020. Please be assured that the GEC will not turn voters away. By scheduling an appointment to cast your absentee ballot, you help us mitigate long lines and, most importantly, help Guam minimize the spread of COVID-19. Appointment slots begin every half hour and up to 15 voters can be serviced per appointment slot. This will give GEC staff enough time and resources to process each voter properly, sanitize frequently touched surfaces, and will limit the number of people in the polling room in an effort to practice social distancing.

What is Manamko’ Hour?

Manamko’ Hour is reserved for the elderly and individuals with special needs. Voters do not need to make an appointment to vote during Manamko’ Hour and will be serviced on a first come, first served basis. However, voters are more than welcome to call the GEC ahead of their visit to have GEC staff pre-fill the Application for Absentee Ballot.

How do I set up an appointment?

Call 477-9791. When scheduling your appointment, GEC staff will pre-fill the Application for Absentee Ballot which will streamline the absentee voting process during your visit.

Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  1. Full Name,
  2. Date of Birth,
  3. Guam Driver’s License number OR Guam ID number OR last 4 digits of your Social Security Number,
  4. Place of Birth, and
  5. Current Mailing Address.

GEC staff will check your voter registration status and offer the earliest available appointment slot. If that appointment slot will not work for you, you may request a different date and time to vote. GEC staff will do their absolute best to accommodate voters as your vote is your voice.

Where would I vote?

In Office Absentee Voting will take place on the third floor of the GCIC Building in Hagåtña.

The GEC will also open satellite locations as scheduled below:

Saturday, October 10, 2020F.B.L.G. Middle School, Yigo
Saturday, October 17, 2020Okkodo High School, Dededo

In Office Absentee Voting at Satellite Locations will be open on the scheduled days from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The first hour will be reserved for the elderly and individuals with special needs. Voters, regardless of voting district, may vote at any of the satellite locations.  Voters will be serviced on a first come, first served basis.  Individuals who are not currently registered to vote will be able to register and vote on site.  Schedule is subject to change.

What do I need to bring?

Voters must present a validly issued photo identification card issued by a federal, state, Guam secondary school, Guam post-secondary school or government of Guam entity in order to vote.

Voters are required to wear face masks and are encouraged to bring their own blue or black ink pen.

What should I expect when I get to GCIC or satellite locations?

GEC staff will be stationed at the entrance to perform a mandatory screening (i.e. check your temperature and ask you a few simple questions about your health).

After the screening, they will direct you to the polling room . Please note that the absentee voting process requires that the following be completed and signed by each voter: an Application for Absentee Ballot, an In Office Absentee Log Book, and an Affidavit Envelope which is to be notarized by GEC staff. Please be patient during this process as GEC staff work to ensure that each step is executed accurately and completely.

If you have a temperature of 100 degrees or more, they will kindly ask you to return to your car and will coordinate with staff inside to bring your ballot and other voting materials downstairs to service you as a curbside voter.

Will you have accommodations for individuals with special needs?

Curbside voting will be available during all hours of operation. Curbside voting is a service that allows individuals with disabilities or special needs to execute the absentee voting process in their cars. Please note that this service takes more time to complete as GEC staff will have to bring your photo ID into the office to prepare the absentee voting materials, retrieve your ballot, and bring it back out to you.

In the polling room, chairs will be available as you wait to be serviced and GEC staff will assist in completing all the necessary forms. Voting booths are ADA compliant. GEC staff are prepared to help you during the absentee voting process. The universal ExpressVote ballot marking device will be available at the GEC office and at satellite polling locations.

What if I have more questions?

Please call the GEC at 477-9791 and we will try our best to answer all of your questions.