Emergency Filing in VI Supreme Court last night re Voter Suppression
50% of actual voters plus 1.
What would happen if neither candidate met the 50% plus 1
threshold, again? Would they have to keep having run-offs?
Joint Elections Board Excludes New Voters from Tuesday Runoff
"The Joint Board of Elections took time away from reconciling the general election ballots Thursday to establish procedures for the unofficial runoff gubernatorial election next Tuesday. They also voted to disallow residents who only registered this week from participating in the runoff."
"Voters Registered Nov. 10-12 Not Eligible To Vote In Run-Off Election
...St. Croix District Board Chairman Adelbert Bryan challenged Fawkes’ decision to allow voter registration this week, stating that it violated Virgin Islands Code, which requires that registration is conducted no later than 30 days prior to an election in which an eligible voter wishes to vote."
BoE Brief to VI Supreme Court this Morning
(Machines get used -- everyone happy)
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
KENNETH MAPP and JANELLE SARAUW, Appellants,
S. Ct. Civ. No. 2014-0073
ADELBERT “BERT”BRYAN, in his official capacity as Chairman of the St. Croix District Board of Elections and, ALICIA WELLS, in her official capacity as the Chairperson of the Joint Board of Elections, by and through their undersigned counsel, hereby respond to Appellants’ Motion for Emergency Relief and request that the Court deny Appellants’ Motion for Emergency Relief and dismiss Appellants’ appeal as moot. In support of their opposition, Appellees state as follows:
At the Joint Board meeting held on Thursday, November 13, 2014, a majority of the members of the Joint Board of Elections voted to allow voters to scan their ballots into the DS200 scanner and tabulator during the November 18, 2014 run-off election. There will be no symbol voting during the run-off election. Sample ballots are attached as Group Exhibit 1. As a result, the issues surrounding the DS200 inability to identify an over vote which may occur through a party symbol selection in addition to a non-party selection, and which led to the Joint Boards’ decision to not allow voters to scan their ballots into the DS200 during the November 4, 2014 general election, will not arise during the November 18, 2014 run-off election.
WHEREFORE, for the foregoing reasons, Appellees request that the Board dismiss
Appellants’ appeal as moot and deny Appellants’ motion for emergency relief.
Date: November 14, 2014
Vincent F. Frazer, Esq.
Bernard M. VanSluytman, Esq.
By: /s/ Kimberly L. Salisbury
Assistant Attorney General
Department of Justice