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Voter registration deadline set for September 5

Voter registration deadline set for September 5

With elections in the Virgin Islands constitutionally due next year, the Office of the Supervisor of Elections is notifying the public that voter registration is ongoing and eligible persons must register to vote by September 5 to be included on the 2022 Preliminary Voters’ List.
The Supervisor of Elections, Scherrie Griffin said a person must be a Belonger as per section 2 of the Virgin Islands Constitution, 18 years of age or older, and domiciled and resident in the Virgin Islands, or domiciled in the Virgin Islands and resident in the United States Virgin Islands to be qualified to register.

Griffin also said documents to be presented when registering include a Virgin Islands Passport with an embossed seal, and a Belonger’s Card or a Belonger’s Certificate. A Naturalisation Certificate can also be used, providing the certificate is dated before June 15, 2007.

Further, section 17(1) of the Elections (Amendment) Act No. 14 of 2011 states that: “A registered voter who is ordinarily resident in the territory and who moves his place of residence from within one local electoral district or polling division to another, may have his name transferred to the list of voters for the local electoral district or polling division to which he has moved, if he applies … and establishes, to the satisfaction of the Supervisor of Elections, proof of residence within the local electoral district or polling division to which he/she has moved.”

Residents who have moved their place of residence and wish to transfer are encouraged to apply for a transfer.

Griffin added that documents to support a transfer can be in the form of cable, water, electricity or telephone bills, a rent receipt, lease agreement or a notarised document stating the new address.
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