Eliminating Guam primary elections: unintended consequences


A bill recently introduced in the Guam Legislature would purportedly save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each election cycle by eliminating Guam’s September primary elections. Bill 45 is well intentioned, but Guam’s electoral obligations under the Organic Act make such a measure unwise.

The case for doing away with primary elections in Guam is a facially compelling one. In non-gubernatorial election years, the only obvious function served by the primaries is to . . .

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