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US Virgin Islands Elections System reviewing complaints

by | Dec 12, 2022 | Elections, United States Virgin Islands | 0 comments

The US Virgin Islands Elections System is reviewing complaints from the citizens on the election process. Assistant United States Attorney Daniel H. Huston was appointed to oversee the complaints of voting, safety, and fraud. The Department of Justice often gets involved in overseeing elections in order to protect voter rights and the safety of candidates. 

There was one specific complaint reviewed about the machine that is used to digitally place a vote. There was a concern that the Express machine had malfunctioned, but Faekes, the Supervisor of Elections, states that there were no malfunctions or errors with the machine. The equipment and machine were tested by the board prior to the election. The machine is one of the two main ways to vote. The other way is with the standard shading in an oval. Both ways present challenges for the voters. If the voter shades outside the oval, the computer will not read it, and the vote will not be counted. In the Express machine, if the voter touches outside the oval, then the vote will not be counted. This has made voting more difficult for the citizens of the territory, and they have been encouraged to enlarge the screen more to make sure they touch the oval only. 

The elections are an important democratic process for the United States. The FBI has deployed an agent for each district alongside the judge to help make sure the election process is smooth.

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