The St. Croix District Board of Elections is expected to resume its recounting efforts today after V.I. Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks issued an order Monday prohibiting them from proceeding with the recount while barring members of the media or public from observing the count. Following a hearing Monday, Willocks found that the board members were wrong in their interpretation of the law and issued an order from the bench granting The Daily News’ request for the court to issue a restraining order and permanent injunction. He ordered the board to accommodate the public for the recount. On Tuesday afternoon, Daily News legal counsel Semaj Johnson met with Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes and Assistant Attorney General Angela Polk, who is representing the board. They did a walk through of how they expected the recount areas would be set up for public accessibility today when the recount resumes at 10 a.m. The conference room at the Elections System Office in Sunny Isle Annex is being used and is set up similarly to how it was set up during the ballot counts in the days that followed November’s General Election.
The board members and talliers will be seated at the conference table on the eastern side of the room, with chairs set up for the candidates on one side of the room, with seating for the public in the remaining chairs in the room.
Another table on the western side of the room will be used for removing the ballots from the secured boxes, organizing them and counting them before handing them to the board so the votes are counted.
The seating in the room can accommodate about 15 members of the public. In case of an overflow of public observers, the Elections System has contracted Geddal Beresford of Joy Sounds to set up two cameras in the room to ensure that all possible angles are covered.