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St. Croix Election Recount Suspended

The St. Croix Board of Elections has postponed a recount of ballots for Sen. Alicia “Chucky” Hansen, Sen. Diane Capehart and Epiphane Joseph, candidate for the Elections Board, "until further notice due to the 2014 general election recount being in court," the board announced Wednesday.

The St. Croix Board of Elections agreed to recount ballots after several candidates filed petitions questioning the accuracy of the Nov. 4 general election.

According to the law, a candidate can request a recount if “the petitioner has reason to believe and does believe that the records or copies of records made by the election officers at one or more polling places in such district are erroneous.” The petitioner also must specify where and how the errors occurred and their belief that a recount would alter the election results.

The board had voted to allow only candidates or their designees to be present during the recount. But Monday, V.I. Superior Court Harold Willocks rejected the board’s interpretation of the law and ordered the recount be held in public. The recount was expected to resume Thursday before the board announced its postponement Wednesday.

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