MOE Cotton has gotten what he probably intended when he posted his “Pick Moe Cotton” campaign sign in front of his real estate office on Marine Corps Drive.
Three of the four major news outlets in town commented on it and it apparently “went viral” on Facebook.
If hardly anybody knew of Moe Cotton before, everybody on Guam knows who he is now. Never mind that when some folks first saw the sign they began humming “jump down, turn around”or thought the slogan had some Dixie overtones.
He could have used “select” or “vote” or “choose,” but he didn’t. He went with “pick” and got the whole island talking. So more power to him. Perhaps that will raise his standing in the next Ron McNinch poll. The last one had him coming in last among Republican candidates.
All of the noise being made by independent candidate Jonathan Diaz has just about drowned out anything anybody else may have to say. Republican Frank Blas Jr., who has no opposition for the Sept. 1 primary, has been quiet through it all – probably a good decision.
As for Karlo Dizon, the actual Democratic opponent of incumbent Madeleine Bordallo, he can hardly get a word in edgewise. He put out a brief statement and got blasted by Diaz for his trouble.
Jonathan is relentless. He seems to have decided that if he throws enough at the fan, some of it will stick. He may be right.
Early voting has begun at the Guam Election Commission office in Hagåtña. It’s not the same as it was two years ago, however. The Legislature removed the early voting provision from the law, in one of the few election reforms they actually accomplished following the 2010 election.
Previously, for a couple of elections, it was possible for anyone to go in and vote early – no questions asked. But that was apparently too easy for our solons, who perceived possibilities for abuse, or at least administrative errors.
Now you can only vote early if you have a valid excuse, an off-island trip for instance, and you must prove it before you can cast your ballot. Rather than make it easier for registered voters to take part in the election, we’ve made it more difficult. Many people who must work long hours on Election Day, or who just don’t want to stand in line, will simply not vote.
Democracy is best served by enabling the maximum number of people to participate. A low voter turnout is not a good thing. Putting more barriers in the way of early voting serves no one.