VIVOTE – Election System of the Virgin Islands

Government of the Virgin Islands

Provisional Procedure

Casting a Provisional Ballot

A person claiming to be properly registered in the Virgin Islands and eligible to vote at a specific election district, but whose eligibility to vote at that location cannot be determined, shall be entitled to vote a Provisional Ballot as provided by law.

  • Election Officers in the polling place shall inform a person who desires to vote a Provisional Ballot of the location of his/her correct polling place.
  • Persons voting a Provisional Ballot shall present proof of identity and address to the Election Officers.
  • The voter shall complete the affidavit on the Provisional Ballot Envelope and affirm the right to vote. Upon completion of the affidavit, an Election Officer shall sign the space provided as witness to the person’s signature. The Election Officer shall write the affidavit number on the instruction sheet to be given to the voter.
  • The Election Officer shall give the voter his/her ballot, a ballot envelope, Provisional Ballot envelope, the ballots and an instruction sheet. The voter shall then be provided a location for marking the ballot in secrecy.
  • After voting the Provisional Ballot, the voter shall fold the ballot, put it into the ballot envelope and then put the ballot envelope into the Provisional Ballot Envelope, seal the Provisional Ballot Envelope and place it in the ballot box.
  • Should a voter “spoil” his/her ballot, upon request he/she shall be given another ballot upon surrendering the “spoiled” ballot.
  • The Information Sheet includes instructions on how a voter may determine whether or not his/her ballot was counted, and if not counted, the reason that it was not counted.
  • If Territorial Court or another court of competent jurisdiction orders that some or all polling places in a district remain open beyond the normal time for closing, all persons who arrive to vote at the polling place(s) ordered to be kept open after the normal time for closing shall vote by Provisional Ballot.
  • The Board of Elections shall, within ten days (10), investigate and evaluate each provisional ballot. Subsequently the Office of the Supervisor of Election will established an access system for electors who casts a provisional ballot they may access to discover whether the vote of that individual was counted, and, if the vote was not counted, the reason the vote was not counted.