The Administrative Board of Absentee and Early Voting is in charge of attending to everything related to both voting modalities that were expanded in the Electoral Code. (The Associated Press)
As of yesterday, the State Elections Commission (CEE) had received 215,857 requests for early voting, an unprecedented figure in the island's political and electoral history.
Of that number of applications, the largest was registered for home voting with 105,206. It was followed by early voting by mail with 54,666 and then precinct voting with 53,192.
These requests have been received by the Permanent Registration Boards (JIP), which continued to pass on all the information to the Administrative Board of Absentee and Early Voting (JAVA). Meanwhile, the JAVA directly received 2,793 early voting requests .
The JAVA has been located in the Roberto Clemente Coliseum, in San Juan. This dependency of the EEC is responsible, among other things, for counting the advanced votes that, ordinarily, must be done on the same day as the general elections.
However, the full EEC, after a meeting last Friday, agreed that the JAVA would receive the early votes cast every two days to count them before November 3, but the results will not be disclosed until the day of the general elections. .
It is pending if the EEC begins the voting process of the voters who requested the early vote before October 24, as established by the electoral calendar, to deal with the avalanche of requests. That decision will depend on the information provided by the JAVA to the full EEC.
The electoral body must decide how to establish the routes so that the school officials, through a political balance meeting, go to collect the vote of the people who asked to vote at home .
Meanwhile, the ballots for voters who requested an absentee vote, a total of 6,735, have been sent, confirmed the electoral commissioner of the Puerto Rican Independence Party, Roberto Iván Aponte.
Now, the JAVA organizes, works and has already sent about 20,000 of the early voting requests by mail that the CEE has received .
However, the EEC has not yet approved the procedural manual for early voting by mail. Nor has it resolved the incongruity that exists with early voting and absentee voting regarding the delivery date of the ballots using the two voting mechanisms.
The Electoral Code provides for the delivery of ballots in two different ways for absentee voting and for early voting .
Article 9.36 of the Electoral Code on the Request for Absentee Ballot states that the votes that “are received by mail at the Commission, on or before the last day of the general scrutiny of the electoral event, will count.”
But, in Article 9.39 on Voting by Early Voters, the Electoral Code indicates that the votes received “that are received by the Commission by mail, on or before the last day of the general scrutiny of the electoral event, will be counted.”
In other words, the electoral legal system is not homogeneous with respect to the delivery of these votes by mail.