New elections supervisor cleans up

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ST. THOMAS - Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes showed off a clean and organized storage room at the St. Thomas-St. John Elections System office Tuesday.

Standing in the middle of a large open space, she said that when she arrived to take the position about six months ago, the room was piled with boxes and in complete disarray.

"We had to clean up the place so we can see what's where," Fawkes said.

It took shutting down the office for a week in December to get the room cleaned and organized, she said.

Fawkes had shelves built, and the storeroom now has a separate and secure locked room to house the voting machines and any other sensitive material.

"So nobody can say somebody messed with them," she said.

Fawkes said that when the office was moved from its old location on Crystal Gade to the new location in Lockhart Gardens, above Banco Popular, everything apparently was haphazardly thrown into boxes.

She said the office was accused of closing in December to destroy ballots from the 2012 election - which are currently in dispute - but that is not the case.

She said the information and material from 2012 is still accessible.

The organization project will allow the Elections System to prepare for the upcoming election season, which will start earlier than in past years to meet federal guidelines. The primary election will take place about a month earlier this summer, according to a new law passed last year.

- Contact reporter Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email

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