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Governor could veto Electoral Code if it raises the age for early voting

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia indicated on Tuesday that he could veto the Electoral Code if it ultimately proposes increasing the age to request early voting and exercise it by mail to 75 years.

“That in itself is reprehensible, as I see it,” the governor said in response to questions from the press. “What we want is to make it easier for older people to vote.”

“The trend throughout the world is to facilitate voting, and specifically the elderly,” he added. “With all reason, we are going to make it more comfortable, so that they can exercise it [the right to vote] from their homes.”

The Electoral Code bill arrived at La Fortaleza on July 11. If it is not signed by Aug. 11, what is known as a “pocket veto” will be applied.

In response to questions from the press, Pierluisi noted that although he has not yet reviewed the bill in detail, if he confirms that the measure contains the aforementioned amendment, he would veto it based on that point alone.

In past elections, early voting by mail was allowed for people 65 years of age or older.

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