Palauans in Guam are given the opportunity to cast their votes safely despite the threat of COVID-19.

Sonia Siliang who has been involved with the process said that “as a committee, we wanted to ensure that we make safe voting an option by maintaining our social distancing, handling ballots while wearing gloves, wearing face shields and masks, providing hand sanitation.”

Aside from offering in person voting at the Peleliu Abai in Dededo, the committee also goes to different houses to process the votes of the elderly whom cannot leave their homes as well as immobile Palauans.

With the idea of ensuring safety for the voters, Siliang said that it has helped them have a great voter turnout.

“We have processed numerous ballots and continue to assist voter’s process their absentee ballots as they receive them prior to the November 3rd deadline,” said Siliang.

According to Siliang many voters are thankful for the opportunity to vote. She mentioned that seeking notary services are challenging in Guam, however they accommodate the best that they can.

Although it is not their responsibility, Siliang said that the committee can also assist someone in sending their ballots if they do not have the means to go to the post office.

Sonia Siliang serves as the secretary in a committee pushing a Palau presidential candidate in this Palau 2020 General Election.

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