Virtually no race on the V.I. ballot Tuesday could be definitively settled as of Wednesday night because at least 4,319 paper ballots have yet to be counted. The Boards of Elections in both districts have indicated that they likely will not begin tallying the votes until Friday. With the exception of Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen, who won with an 8,000 vote margin; Senator-At-Large Craig Barshinger, who won with a 6,000-vote margin; and Clifford Graham, who topped the St. Thomas-St. John Senate race by a margin of 1,969 votes, the order and outcome of almost every other race could, mathematically, change once the paper ballots are counted.
Even if the voting trends on the paper ballots do not diverge widely from the those on the electronic voting machines, minor variations in where the candidates finished are possible.
For instance, on St. Croix, the second- and third-place finishers in the Senate race were separated by 177 votes, with about 6 percent of the 2,781 paper ballots yet to be counted.
On St. Thomas, the second-, third- and fourth-place Senate finishers were separated by 318 votes, with 1,538 paper ballots not yet included.
The territorywide referendum on whether the Legislature should pursue legalizing industrial hemp was decided in the affirmative on the electronic machines by a count of 3,001 to 1,932 – a difference of 1,069, or about a quarter of the uncounted paper ballots territorywide.