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Voters turning 18 before election day are encouraged to register

STUDENTS or residents who are turning 18 on or before the Nov. 6, 2018 election should register to vote, said Julita A. Villagomez, Commonwealth Election Commission executive director.

Villagomez is encouraging new voters to register early instead of waiting until they turned 18. Last day for voters’ registration is Sep. 7.

Requirements for registration include a valid U.S passport, naturalization certificate, or a birth certificate from the vital statistics office.

“We need to see the originals,” said Villagomez.

Julita A. Villagomez, Commonwealth Election Commission executive director, poses for Variety on Monday. Photo by Bryan ManabatJulita A. Villagomez, Commonwealth Election Commission executive director, poses for Variety on Monday. Photo by Bryan Manabat

Villagomez encourages all voters to register early. The CEC office is open Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.—including lunch hour.

Villagomez said voters who are coming from the mainland U.S. have to meet the July 9, 2018 residency requirement. That date is the last day to establish residency.

July 9, Villagomez noted, is also the first day for submission of nominating petitions.

She said the petition for candidacy cannot be filed earlier than July 9 as the election law doesn’t allow early filing.

Deadline for submission of candidacy petitions is Aug. 8.

As a prerequisite to vote in CNMI election, a person is eligible to vote must be, on the date of election, 18 years or older, resided in the Commonwealth for a requiremed period of time and is either a citizen or national of the United States.

“If you did not vote in the previous elections, you have to prove to us that you were a resident here, said the executive director.

Elected offices also have residency requirements, she added.

For example, if you are running for Mayor of Northern Islands, you have to prove how you established your residency in the Northern Islands.

“Even though you were not a registered voter for the previous past years,” said Villagomez.