Despite claims that the territory’s primary elections in both districts would be certified Tuesday, they were not. While both districts continued counting late into Tuesday night, V.I. Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes said that it was unlikely that the final results would be certified until today, or possibly later in the week. They also were not revealing numbers of all the walk-in, mail-in and provisional ballots at stake, nor were they revealing results, including those of several Senate candidates whose fates hang in the balance. The boards have until Aug. 17 to certify the elections. Last week, internal strife between St. Thomas-St. John Deputy Supervisor Nefredieza Barbel and district board Chairman Arturo Watlington Jr. marked the counting process in the St. Thomas-St. John office.
The district board called a special meeting Monday to discuss personnel matters and other issues, and ultimately voted to pass a recommendation to the Joint Board of Elections regarding Barbel’s future employment with the V.I. Elections System.
As of press time Tuesday, both districts had counted their walk-in and mail-in ballots, though the St. Croix District still was going through an unspecified number of ballots that the machines were unable to read, and also were tallying ballots with write-in candidates.
The St. Croix District planned on completing both the unreadables and the write-ins, as well as its provisional ballots by Tuesday’s end.