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Author: Jessica Cohen

US Virgin Islands Democratic primaries end in surprise

On August 4, the Democratic primary elections in the US Virgin Islands came to a close. A total of just under 10,000 islanders (of over 32,000 registered voters) cast their votes in 30 precincts for positions including governor/lieutenant governor, legislature positions, and the St. Croix board of education. Officials and polling volunteers were less than thrilled with the voter turnout, as only about 3,500 of the total 9,896 voters came to the polls (the remaining ballots were cast early or as absentees), and only 30.61% of registered voters actually cast their votes. While there was some surprise that sitting...

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US Virgin Islands get taste of international recognition in 23rd Central American Games

Beginning approximately 30 years after the modern Olympic Games, the Central American Games are the second longest running regional games in the world. The Central American Games began in 1926 in Mexico City and only three countries (Mexico, Cuba, and Guatemala) participated. Later, in 1935, the games changed their name to the Central American and Caribbean Games, due to increased participation from Caribbean nations. The Central American and Caribbean Games create an important sense of camaraderie between the nations participating. The countries and territories involved in these games are relatively small, often underdeveloped nations, who go virtually unnoticed by...

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US Virgin Islands get ready to elect governor

In November, 2018, 36 states and three United States territories will hold gubernatorial elections. This includes the unincorporated US territory of the Virgin Islands. The territory first gained the right to vote for their governor in 1970, and has elected their governor every four years since. The primary elections for the US Virgin Islands are set to take place on August 4, 2018, and early voting began on July 14. The islands currently have a total of just under 50,000 registered voters (23,784 from St. Croix, 1,999 from St. John, and 24,005 from St. Thomas) out of an estimated...

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US Virgin Islands hold first Pride parade

The month of June brings the official start of summer, and along with it, a celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride. The tradition of Pride Month began in 1969 with the Stonewall Riots, a series of demonstrations against police raids of gatherings of the LGBTQ+ community in New York. In commemoration of these events, Pride Month has been celebrated worldwide by members of the LGBTQ+ community each June since. Many major cities including Los Angeles and Chicago host pride parades during the month of June, and this year the US Virgin Island of St. Croix joins them. On June 9, 2018,...

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The US Virgin Islands are constitution-less

In 1917, the United States government purchased the Virgin Islands, previously known as the Danish West Indies, from Denmark for $25 million dollars. For nearly 20 years after US acquisition, the Virgin Islands were governed by the US Navy. In 1936, Congress passed the “Organic Act of the Virgin Islands” which helped organize a more self sufficient governmental system for the territory. Later amended in 1954, the act allowed the US Virgin Islands to have more control over their own government, but it was not until 1970 that they would be able to elect their first governor. Today however,...

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