If you’re on island, you’ve no-doubt seen the election signs posted at every corner and in between. General Elections in the U.S. Virgin Islands occur every two years. The Virgin Islands Congressional Representative, one-half of the Board of Education, one-half of the Board of Elections, and all members of the Virgin Islands Legislature (Senate) are elected every two years, while Governor and Lieutenant Governor are elected every four years. 2018 is a full year, with all offices up for election/re-election.
Listen to the Election System of the Virgin Islands Get Out And Vote jingle:
Virgin Islands Elections: Important Dates
Primary Election is scheduled for Saturday, August 4, 2018.
Early Voting is scheduled for Saturday, July 14 to Wednesday, July 25.
Deadline to Register to Vote in the General Election – Thursday, August 9, 2018
General Election – Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
For more information, contact the Elections office at 340-773-1021.
Gubernatorial Runoff Election – Tuesday, November 20, 2018.
If no Gubernatorial or Delegate to the United States House of Representative candidate receives a majority of the General Election vote, the top two vote getters proceed to a runoff held 14 days after the General Election.
Fun Fact: St. Croix has 23,784* registered voters; the USVI has 49,788* registered voters
The deadline date to register to vote in the upcoming Primary Election has now passed, but the registration deadline to vote in the General Election is August 9. If you are a VI resident, follow these steps to register to vote in the General Election.
There are a lot of candidates on the Primary Election ballot so voters have a lot to research in the coming weeks. Visit the official Election System of the Virgin Islands site for all voting information. You’ll find candidate lists and the St. Croix Sample Ballot for the 2018 Primary Election.
You can also find listings of U.S. Virgin Islands Candidates for Governor and Congress, with links to their respective web sites and/or Facebook pages, with non-partisan sources, like The Green Papers and Politics 1. For a local sources on getting to know the candidates, check out The St. Croix Source’s What the Candidates Say interview series and tune in to the Democratic Party Gubernatorial Forum on WTJX on Tuesday, July 17, starting at 7pm.
Since 1845, the U.S. presidential and congressional elections (a.k.a. General Election) have always been held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Wonder why? Read the history of Why We Vote When We Vote.
Fun Fact: Since 1972, the USVI, as a territory, has been able to elect a non-voting Delegate to the United States House of Representatives.
Like the jingle says, “If you want to make a difference, you must exercise your right. Get out and vote!”
* as of July 7, 2018