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Self-Proclaimed Chair Watlington Ejects AG’s Attorney From Controversial 1st Elections Meeting

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Democrat majority on the V.I. Board of Elections pushed through a measure today at the newly-formed board’s first meeting that creates committees in each election district.

The move, which came at the end of a meeting the Republican Minority Caucus accused of being illegitimate and unlawful, could put the Board of Elections back in the courts.

That’s because the now-former district and joint elections boards were dissolved by legislation in 2017.

The two committees, one for the district of St. Croix and the other for the district of St. Thomas-St. John, will be responsible for conducting this year’s election.

Yet there’s no provision in territorial elections law that allows for the establishment of district committees under the unified, territory-wide Board of Elections.

Also during the meeting, a lawyer from the office of V.I. Attorney General Claude Earl Walker was ejected by Democrat member Arturo Watlington, who was elected Board of Elections chairman over the objections of Adelbert Bryan, ICM-St. Croix, and Republicans in the Minority Caucus.

The meeting was held at Elections System offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix simultaneously video
conferencing technology.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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