Congressional action was requested Thursday to ensure free, fair, and honest elections in the Virgin Islands.
The request came in a letter from Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands Chairman John Canegata to members of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs. The subcommittee has responsibility for the five U.S. territories.
“Virgin Islanders—be they Republicans, Democrats, or independents—have no confidence in the territorial government’s Joint Board of Elections to competently and impartially conduct any meaningful election, including for member of Congress,” Canegata wrote in the letter. “In fact, the attorney general of the Virgin Islands refuses to represent the Joint Board of Elections because of election irregularities.”
Recent actions by the Democrat-controlled Joint Board of Elections have disenfranchised thousands of registered voters and rigged the electoral system to guarantee Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-Frederiksted, faces no opponent on the ballot of November’s general election. Democratic partisans of Plaskett control the Joint Board of Elections.
Republican nominee for Congress Gordon Ackley and the VIGOP filed a joint lawsuit Aug. 5 in federal District Court after the Joint Board of Elections refused to conduct a Republican primary election.
“What is occurring here underneath Old Glory is a travesty, especially given the large number of Virgin Islanders who have worn the uniform of the United States to protect our fundamental right to vote,” Canegata wrote. “I request the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs use its standing to ensure that Virgin Islanders are not deprived of the free, fair, and honest elections they are entitled to as American citizens.”
Canegata is also requesting action by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining, which handles territorial affairs in the upper house of Congress.