7 Nov 2018

American Samoans head to polls for mid-terms

12:16 pm on 7 November 2018

Election officials in American Samoa are hoping for a big turnout in today's mid term elections with over 15,000 voters registered to take part.

A voting sign in American Samoa

Photo: RNZ Pacific /Fili Sagapolutele

Despite bad weather in the buildup to the vote, polling has proceeded with 35 stations open territory-wide until 6pm.

Early reports say some people are turning up to cast ballots without their Voter ID cards, prompting several candidates to express concern.

However, election officials say voters can their US passport or government photo ID if their Voter card is lost.

Officials have also issued a reminder that giving away food on election day is banned and that loud music near polling stations is prohibited.

The sale or dispensing of alcohol is also banned during the time polls are open.

Employers have also been reminded that local law entitles people to leave work to vote.

Election observers have been posted to make sure supporters of candidates do not block voters heading to and from polling stations.

A voter casting a ballot in American Samoa

A voter in American Samoa Photo: RNZ Pacific /Fili Sagapolutele