On Monday, February 20, 2023, the Elections System of the Virgin Islands (ESVI)celebrated its Diamond Jubilee at Government House on St. Croix, U.S.V.I.
Supervisor of Elections, Caroline F. Fawkes, provided a warm Virgin Islands welcome at ESVI Sixtieth Birthday Celebration Ceremony, to Honorable Governor Albert Bryan Jr., Honorable Lieutenant Governor Tregenza A. Roach, Esq., Honorable Delegate to Congress Stacey E. Plaskett, Honorable Senate President Novelle E. Francis, Jr., Senators of the 35th Legislature, Members of the Governor’s Cabinet and Senior Staff, Former Senators, Clergy, other distinguished guests such as the current and past Board Members, Staff, Elections Officials/Pollworkers, former British Virgin Islands Supervisor of Elections Juliette Penn and invited guest, family and friends.
The second appointed Supervisor of Elections, John Abramson Jr., was the guest speaker. Mr. Abramson discussed the Elections System during the first Supervisor of Elections tenure, Henrita Todman, his accomplishments, and the current state of the Elections Systems of the Virgin Islands. The program was emceed by Former Board of Elections Dodson James. Remarks were provided by Honorable Governor Albert Bryan Jr., Honorable Lieutenant Governor Tregenza A. Roach, Esq., Honorable Senate President Novelle E. Francis, Jr., Ms. LaVerne Joseph on behalf of Honorable Delegate to Congress Stacey E. Plaskett, and Board of Elections Chairwoman Alecia M. Wells. Department of Human Services Commissioner, Kimberley Causey-Gomez gifted ESVI with its own senior card.
Supervisor Fawkes honored the following individuals for their years of service with the Elections System of the Virgin Islands: Longest Serving former Board Member in the St. Croix District, Mrs. Ana Anita Davila; Longest Current Serving Board Member in the St. Croix District, Mr. Raymond J. Williams; Former Board of Elections Chairman, Mr. Adelbert M. Bryan; Former Supervisor of Elections John Abramson, Jr.; Former Deputy Supervisor of Elections Mrs. Corrine Plaskett, Longest serving current Office of the Supervisor employee in the St. Croix District,Mrs. Ulette Todmann-Hodge, Lead Voting Technician, Ms. Dania Bolling, and Longest serving Elections Official, Ms. Patricia Frorup.
The 60th Anniversary Celebration continues on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the University of the Virgin Islands Technology Park. The discussion subject is “From Jackson to Evans: The Fight for Representation and Universal Suffrage.”. You may register for the Forum at email@example.com. Attached to this press release is the updated calendar of events for ESVI Diamond Jubilee Week.
The Elections System of the Virgin Islands is grateful for the support of the voting public throughout our 60 years. Transparency in our operations is important to us and to the voters whom we serve. Board members, staff, and Elections Officials are well trained and always adhere to four established steps of public accountability during an election cycle: verify the voter list, verify who did vote, ensure accurate counting of the vote, and remain vigilant that there is a fail-proof chain of custody for every vote cast,” concluded Supervisor Caroline F. Fawkes.
“Thriving with Integrity, Elections System Celebrates Sixty!”