Elections mum on when primaries will be certified

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ST. THOMAS - Elections officials said they hope to certify both districts' primary elections before Sunday, though they have not stated that they will be done finalizing ballots by then.

On Wednesday, the St. Croix District still was going through questionable ballots that required verification of the voters, according to St. Croix District Board of Elections Chairman Adelbert Bryan.

In the St. Thomas-St. John District, technicians from ES&S, the company that sold the V.I. Elections System the new voting machines, were working on the "imaging" of the write-in ballots, according to St. Thomas-St. John District Board of Elections Chairman Arturo Watlington Jr.

The write-ins must be processed so that a report of each write-in candidate can be issued, said Watlington, adding that in retrospect, the technicians should have initiated the count of write-in ballots earlier this week.

As of Wednesday, the St. Croix District had 388 walk-in ballots, and 120 of the 129 mail-in ballots that were sent out had been returned and counted.

Tuesday was the deadline to receive mail-ins, which had to be postmarked by Aug. 2.

The St. Croix office still had not determined the number of provisional ballots as of Wednesday.

In the St. Thomas-St. John District, the Elections office reported 797 walk-in ballots and 57 provisional ballots, of which six were disqualified and one had no votes. As a result, 50 provisional ballots were counted.

Of the 174 mail-in ballots that the district sent out, 152 were returned, though two were disqualified from the count.

Per the V.I. Code, the primary election must be certified by 15 days after the primary election date.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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