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‘Smooth’ first day of early voting

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OTHER than one voter going to the wrong polling site, there was no major issue encountered at the Kagman Community Center, a polling supervisor said Tuesday afternoon.

“It was a smooth process here,” she said. She declined to be identified.

Early voting started for the third senatorial district — Saipan and the Northern Islands — on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

The four early voting centers on Saipan are the Koblerville Youth Center for Precinct 1; the multi-purpose center in Susupe for Precincts 2 and 3; the Tanapag Youth Center for Precinct 4; and the Kagman Community Center for Precinct 5.

As of 3:37 p.m. on Tuesday, there were 432 early votes cast based on each designated voting center’s hourly exit poll tally.

The multi-purpose center in Susupe has also been designated as an early voting station for voters of Rota, Tinian, and Northern Islands who are temporarily on Saipan.

 

Precinct 1 House candidate and incumbent Rep. Richard Lizama poses with fellow Democrat Edith Deleon Guerrero, who is running for Saipan senator, NMI Democratic Party Chairwoman Nola Hix and other supporters near the Kagman Community Center on Tuesday. Photo by Bryan Manabat

 

The Republican Party House candidates for Precinct 1 and their supporters pose for a photo at their canopy. Contributed photo

As of 1 p.m., 121 early votes were cast at Koblerville Youth Center; 184 at the multi-purpose center as of 2 p.m.; 47 at Tanapag Youth Center as of 3:07 p.m.; and 80 at the Kagman Community Center as of 3:37 p.m.

A polling center volunteer in Tanapag who was tasked to screen voters said, “It was a good first day [of] voting — smooth process and very orderly.”

At the Koblerville Youth Center and multi-purpose center, a poll volunteer said they did not encounter any issues involving voters or supporters of candidates. “Everything is going smoothly,” the poll volunteer told Variety.

Voters are electing a delegate to the U.S. Congress (the incumbent is running unopposed), three senators, 20 House members, nine municipal council members and three Board of Education members. Voters will also decide whether or not to retain Associate Justice Perry Inos, Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja and Judge Kenneth Govendo.

As of Sept. 9, 2020, the CNMI had 18,517 registered voters. Of this number, 14,724 were Saipan voters. The Northern Islands had 162; Tinian, 1,706; and Rota, 1,925.

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