St. Croix finishes paper-ballot count

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ST. CROIX - The St. Croix Board of Elections on Wednesday wrapped up counting paper ballots cast at the polls on Nov. 6 and plans to start counting absentee and provisional ballots today.

The top vote-getters overall did not change with the count Wednesday, with the board finishing the paper ballot count on the Board of Education and the Delegate to Congress races, as well as the hemp referendum.

Although some candidates drew significantly more paper ballot votes than others in those races, the difference was not enough to change the outcome of the election.

V.I. Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen easily maintained her wide lead over her challengers with the paper ballots incorporated into the overall count, although challenger Norma Pickard-Samuel actually picked up more paper ballot votes on St. Croix than Christensen did.

Unofficial tallies from Wednesday's count of paper ballots for St. Croix showed Pickard-Samuel picked up 740 paper ballot votes, Christensen got 625 votes, Warren Mosler received 435 votes, Holland Redfield II got 134 votes and Guillaume Mimoun picked up 22 votes.

In the Board of Education race for St. Croix, with four seats open, the order of the top vote-getters also did not change, with Terrence Joseph still claiming top spot with the paper ballots incorporated into the count, followed by Winona Hendricks, Mary Moorhead - who picked up the highest number of paper ballots - and Martial Webster Sr.

The paper ballot count also did not change the results of the hemp referendum, with 915 yes votes, 679 no votes, 578 ballots left blank in that section, four spoiled ballots and two write-ins, according to the unofficial count on Wednesday.

One write-in voter said he needed to do more research. The other wrote: "We need minisipal gov.," according to vote-counters Wednesday.

The paper ballot count was time-consuming, with the St. Croix Board of Elections first sorting the ballots in the days after the election, then counting.

On Friday, the board started counting paper ballots in the senatorial race and continued through the weekend before finishing Monday morning. The board then tackled counting paper ballots for the races for the Board of Elections, the Board of Education, Delegate to Congress and then the hemp referendum.

Officials have said that more than 2,100 paper ballots were cast on Election Day on St. Croix.

The board is set to convene at 9 a.m. today to begin working on absentee, walk-in and provisional ballots.

Officials have said that 184 absentee ballots were mailed out and 412 walk-in voters were registered. The number of ballots that will be returned is unclear.

- Contact Joy Blackburn at 714-9145 or email

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