On Oct. 11 Attorney General Douglas B. Moylan wrote to the Guam Election Commission expressing the opinion of his office that any votes cast for or against Proposition A the act to establish the Guam Casino Gaming Control Commission would not have the weight of law behind them.
He said because the 80-page act was not circulated to registered voters in its entirety any result could be challenged. Additionally there is no time before the general election to circulate the full act and give voters the mandated 30 days to review it.
What this letter has done is disenfranchise the voters of Guam.
Neither the Citizens for Economic Diversity nor Concerned Citizens Opposing Prop A find this good news.
Both have expressed their dismay at a situation that will make votes of their supporters ineffective and will open the door for a special election which the election commission has no funding for.
Similarly both sides will await a second meeting between the attorney general and the Guam Election Commission on Oct. 18.
The only good news is that the egregious Santos amendment which counts blank ballots as ‘no’ votes has no place or role in a special election.
It is however hard to blame the attorney general.
It is the election commission’s job to ensure that the voters of Guam have their say.
Not having the money to circulate the act is no excuse. The money that was wasted on the pamphlet was $20 000 that could have gone towards circulating the act. The commission should have asked for more money to do its job.
An alternative to the present mess would be for the governor and the legislature to act expeditiously to find the money for a special election so that the decision can be seen to be made whether the voters of Guam want casino gaming on the island or not.
This must be done. The democratic process must have its day — the island of Guam deserves no less. Announce the funding and date for a special election.
Give us the vote.