The V.I. Board of Elections postponed its certification of the Democratic primary election Friday after members realized the final certification document did not include a territory-wide tally for the gubernatorial and senator at-large races. Elections Board Chairman Arturo Watlington Jr. said the document showed only the district results for both races and that he would not certify the election until the document showed a merged, territory-wide result. “Why would we certify these numbers if they only reflect the districts?” Watlington asked. “Our certification has to be territorial, as one entity.”
Watlington said unofficial results released to the public have always shown merged results for the gubernatorial and senator at-large races and questioned why this final document showed differently.
Board member Glenn Webster, who joined other members on St. Croix via teleconference, disagreed with Watlington and said showing the district results will allow people to see where candidates received their votes.
Watlington rejected the idea and requested the technician to merge the district results as soon as possible.