According to law, the deadline to certify the primary elections in the St. Croix and St. Thomas-St. Johns districts was August 17th, 2014. That date was yesterday and we’ve yet to hear from board officials about the impending official results, and none of them could be reached for comment.
The district boards, which are held responsible for the certifications, could be fined up to $500, according to V.I. Code.
“Whoever willfully delays or causes to be delayed any election returns, or attempts to do so, shall be fined not more than $500 or imprisonment not more than one year, or both,” the code states.
Hanging in the balance are the candidates whose fates are still unknown.
On St. Croix, Diane Capehart, an incumbent Senator, came out ahead of Paul Arnold Jr. by a mere 30 votes, the difference between 1,333 and 1,303. If the final results sees Arnold Jr. overtaking Capehart’s number, the Senator would lose her seat.
On St. Thomas, Sean Georges and Sen. Clarence Payne III are borderline with Marvin Blyden, who leads by less than 100 votes at 1,6222.
As for the remaining candidates, it’s unlikely that we will see any changes as the Christensen-Basil team defeated their closest competitors, the Donastorg-Torres team, by over 900 votes, and Attorney Stacey Plaskett prevailed over Senator Shawn-Michael Malone by more than 700 votes.