The Guam Election Commission will begin removing inactive voters next month in line with public law, reducing current voter registration numbers of more than 51,000 down to about 46,000.

Local law requires the cancellation of inactive voters’ registration after voters fail to participate in the two most recent general elections, in this case the 2014 and 2016 general elections.

Guam Election Commission Executive Director Maria Pangelinan said there are approximately 5,318 names of voters on the current list that will be purged by Feb. 24.

The names of inactive voters were published last week Tuesday and can also be found on the GEC website at www.gec.guam.gov.

Looming deadline

Voters now have less than a month until the February deadline. GEC officials recommend voters go to the commission's office to officially register again and remain listed for the upcoming 2018 general election. The commission will begin purging remaining names after the Feb. 24 deadline.

To re-register to vote, the GEC office will be open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays, at the GCIC building, Suite 200, in Hagåtña.

If a voter’s name is purged and they seek registration to be able to vote in the 2018 primary election, the voter must register on or before Aug. 15, 2018.

As of last November, there were approximately 51,713 registered voters in Guam, about 1/3 of Guam’s overall population of more than 160,000.

Last November’s general election saw a 69 percent voter turnout, with only 35,000 registered voters participating. 

According to the election commission’s website, there are also 13,202 registered native inhabitants as of last December. The mark appears far from the necessary 70 percent voter threshold of native inhabitants required to hold the island’s long-awaited decolonization plebiscite.