St. Croix Elections Board meets without quorum
Published: September 2, 2013
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ST. CROIX - At a specially called meeting, the St. Croix Board of Elections discussed a newly released audit report from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission Office of the Inspector General.
The meeting on Friday was brief because a quorum was not met, with members Raymond Williams and Lisa Harris Moorehead absent and Rupert Ross and Roland Moolenaar excused.
Board Chairman Adelbert Bryan and members Lilliana Belardo O'Neal and Glenn Webster were present, along with newly appointed Elections System Supervisor Caroline Adams Fawkes, and they moved into executive session to discuss the confidential 16-page report.
In a letter accompanying the report and addressed to Bryan, Inspector General Curtis Crider said he had sent the proposed report titled Elections System of the Virgin Islands Compliance With the Help America Vote Act of 2002 for Bryan's review and comment.
Crider said the audit was conducted on behalf of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission Office of the Inspector General and asked for written comments to the report by Sept. 16.
Bryan said the letter is just a request from the inspector general and does not mandate or order that anyone offer comment. He said he does hope, however, that past board members and Elections officials who have information pertaining to the issues in the report will come forward and make the issues of concern clear.
"I was not a part of the board or the system then, so I don't know what information I could offer," Bryan said. "Mr. Abramson and Mr. Webber and Mrs. Plaskett and the old board members are the ones who will know about whatever the report is talking about and can clear it up."
Bryan said officials from the V.I. Finance Department and the Office of Management and Budget also should be able to provide insight on some of the concerns raised.
Crider said in his letter that the report is being made available solely to those people having responsibilities concerning the subject discussed for their review and comment, after which the official report will be issued.
"This document is exempt from disclosure to the public under the Freedom of Information Act. For this reason, recipients of this report must not show or release its content to anyone under any circumstances other than for purpose of official review and comment," the letter read.
Following a 20-minute executive session, Bryan said the members who were not at the meeting will receive their copies of the report at a later date, and the board will decide at a later date how they will proceed.
The board meets in its regular monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
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