VIVOTE – Election System of the Virgin Islands

Government of the Virgin Islands

Board of Elections

Alecia M. Wells


Shikima Jones

Vice Chair

Lydia Hendricks


Florine Audain-Hassell

Kareem T. Francis

Lisa Harris-Moorhead

Epiphane Joseph

Michael A. Joseph

Angeli Leerdam

Harriet A. Mercer

Lilliana Belardo De O'Neal

Raymond J. Williams

Arturo Watlington, Jr. Esq.

Atanya Springette

Scope & Overview

The Board of Elections is established in Title 18, Chapter 3, Section 41, of the Virgin Islands Code. There is a single Board of Elections that governs both election districts. The Board consists of fourteen members; seven from each district, who are elected by the electors of each election district beginning with the 2018 general election. No more than four members of the same political party may represent a district, including individuals who are not affiliated with any political party.

Within their respective districts, the Board of Elections shall have jurisdiction over the following:
  • The registration of electors and the conduct of primaries and general elections;
  • Performance of all functions with respect to party enrollment of electors;
  • The preservation, storage and maintenance of registers and primary and general election equipment of all kinds;
  • Issuance of certificates of appointment to election officers;
  • Investigation of election frauds and irregularities;
  • Receive from election officers the returns of all primaries and general elections, canvass and compute the returns, and certify, no later than one week following the primary or general elections, and forwarding of the results thereof to the Supervisor of Elections; and,
  • Recommendations to the Legislature of amendments to the election laws in conjunction with the Supervisor of Elections.

The Board shall meet, at least quarterly, to promulgate and issue uniform rules and regulations for the administration and enforcement of the election laws throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mission Statement

To provide American citizens in the Virgin Islands with the mechanism to exercise their right to vote according to the United States Constitution.


To coordinate and implement all election-related services and activities in the Virgin Islands