Nearly 2,900 Polling Stations to Open for Sunday NPP Primary
SAN JUAN – The electoral commissioner of the New Progressive Party (NPP), Jorge Dávila, said that 2,848 schools in 110 precincts of the island will serve as polling stations for the party’s primaries Sunday.
During a press conference held Tuesday alongside other NPP officials at the State Elections Commission (CEE by its Spanish initials), Suheidy Barreto, deputy director of planning, said there would be 110 schools counting votes by hand, one per precinct at the closest location to each area’s Permanent Registration Board, and 110 schools in the Absentee and Early Ballot Management Board (JAVA by its Spanish acronym).
“Everything is ready. We are pleased with the hard work; we are ready for the election Sunday. We continue to work and resolve any issues that come up,” the NPP’s Dávila Torres said.
He added that the party has about 15,000 polling officials on hand to manage the primary.
Accompanied by Vilma Rosado, JAVA process manager, the NPP elections commissioner said the early and absentee votes are already beginning to arrive by mail.
Rosado said inmates would vote June 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 39 correctional centers throughout the island.
“The electronic ballot machines will be in police custody until the day of the event. The ballot boxes and electronic counting machines will be installed at the polling stations a day before the primary and the ballots will be delivered Sunday,” Dávila Torres explained.
As far as redundancy for the electronic counting machines goes, Eduardo Nieves, a member of the NPP Technical Advisory Board at the CEE, said there will be 500 backup batteries for these.
CEE Vice President María Dolores Santiago said people with disabilities may vote over the phone Sunday. For more information regarding the polling stations, she said people can call EEC help lines at 787-777-8723 or 787-777-8722.