With the certification of the 2014 General Election accomplished in both districts on Saturday, the V.I. Elections System received the final numbers in each of last week’s races, which will require a runoff election in the gubernatorial race that has been scheduled for Tuesday. Voters across the territory went to the polls Nov. 4 and cast votes for senators, delegate to Congress and members of their district boards of elections, and they also were tasked with selecting from among five candidate teams who they wanted as the next governor and lieutenant governor of the territory. By the end of the tabulations Saturday, the ticket of Kenneth Mapp and Osbert Potter had garnered more of the popular votes. However, they still had not received the 50 percent of the votes plus one that would make them an outright winner under local law.
According to the certified elections results, the Mapp/Potter team received 12,108 votes or 46.61 percent of the votes, while the team of Donna Christensen and Basil Ottley Jr. received 10,173 votes or 39.16 percent.
Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes said Saturday night that now that it is clear that a runoff election will take place and that everything is falling into place. “We are getting ready and will be ready,” she said.
Poll workers for the runoff have been contacted and have been going through some additional instructional training ahead of the election to ensure that the rights of the voters and the integrity of the process is protected, she said.