St. Thomas-St. John Elections Board plans new polling site in Tutu Park Mall, scraps crowded Curriculum Center site


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ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas-St. John District Board of Elections on Thursday decided what polls to open for the Aug. 2 primary election.

Five polling sites will be open on St. Thomas, including a new poll in Tutu Park Mall that will replace the crowded Curriculum Center site.

One polling place will be open on St. John at Sprauve School.

"We want to expend as little resources as necessary for the primary," board Chairman Arturo Watlington Jr. said.

Board members looked at the number of registered Democrats, Republicans and ICM party members to determine how to divvy up the polling districts.

Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes said each voting machine - which scans a paper ballot filled out by the voter - can serve up to 1,500 voters.

The Tutu Park Mall poll will serve voters from the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School; Joseph Gomez Elementary School; Curriculum Center; E. Benjamin Oliver Elementary School; and Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School polling districts.

Charlotte Amalie High School gymnasium will be the polling site for those who normally vote at the high school's cafeteria site, Oswald Harris Court and Winston Raymo Center.

Leonard Dober Elementary School and half of those who vote at Ulla Muller Elementary School will be folded into the Addelita Cancryn Junior High School polling site.

The other half of Muller's voters will join those who vote at Gladys Abraham Elementary School.

Joseph Sibilly Elementary School will be the fifth polling site on St. Thomas, and will combine Sibilly A and Sibilly B polls into one. The board decided to use four voting machines at Cancryn, four at CAHS, two at Sprauve, three at Abraham, six at Tutu Park Mall and three at Sibilly.

Fawkes said they currently have 20 machines for the district but are expecting five more to arrive any day.

One machine will be set up at the Elections office in Lockhart Garden and the few left over will be inspected and ready to go if needed to replace any malfunctioning machines on Election Day, Fawkes said.

The board voted to obtain special event liability insurance for the primary and general elections to cover their use of the Tutu Park Mall. The board chose to use Guardian Insurance, which is charging $250 for each day, for a total of $500.

The vote was unanimous.

Board members Harry David, Claudette Georges, Lydia Hendricks, Wilma Marsh Monsanto, Watlington and Alecia Wells attended Thursday's meeting.

Board member Lawrence Boschulte has recused himself from board activity as he is a candidate for Senate.

- Contact reporter Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email alewin@dailynews.vi.

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