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Virgin Islanders Have Holiday to Vote

Nov. 1, 2004 – Virgin Islanders Tuesday will elect 15 senators – seven from each district and one at large. In addition residents will be choosing their next delegate to Congress and representatives for the Election and Education boards.
An effort is being made to get as many voters to the polls as possible. The elderly and handicapped can make arrangements on all three islands to get transportation to the polls through VITRAN, Wayne D. Callwood, Public Works commissioner, said in a release. They are asked to call a day in advance to 773-1290 on St. Croix, 774-5678 on St. Thomas or 774-0165 on St. John.
On Monday Glen Smith, Democratic District chairman, said anyone on St. Thomas needing transportation to the polls can call 776-8585.
Last week a call went out from the V.I. Commission on the Status of Women urging all women to vote. It said, "Voting in the upcoming elections on Nov. 2 is critical to advancing policies to ensure that the concerns of women, children and families are heard. We ask all women and all Virgin Islanders to exercise their right to vote."
In observance of Election Day, government offices, public schools and the Territorial Court will be closed. The University of the Virgin Islands, federal offices, including the District Court, and post offices will be open.
Click on the St. Thomas/St. John Sample ballot to preview the ballot for the upcoming election .
To find out where to go to vote click St. Thomas polling places.
The League of Women Voters has on its Web site suggestions to make sure everyone gets to vote. They include:
1) Don’t panic if you registered to vote but your name is not on the list. Get help from a poll worker to make sure your vote is counted. You may be directed to another polling place or given a provisional ballot.
2) You may need to show I.D. To be safe, bring your driver’s license, or a paycheck, utility bill or government document that includes your name and street address.
3) Look at the signs at the polling place for directions on how to use the voting machines, a list of your voting rights, and instructions for filing a complaint if your rights have been violated.
4) Poll workers are there to help you. They’ll show you how to work the machines and give you a provisional ballot if you need one. If you’re at the wrong polling place, they should tell you how to get to the right one.
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