Governor OKs Funds for March Special Election

Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp advised Senate President Myron Jackson Friday that he has approved funds for a special election so Virgin Islands’ voters may consider a citizens’ initiative to change the structure of the Legislature.

According to a news release issued by Government House, Bill No. 32-0329, now Act No. 8127, provides for a special election to consider a plan to create district senators and at-large senators and to impose residency requirements.

The bill, passed by Senators last week, also appropriates $145,000 to the Virgin Islands Elections System to conduct the special election.

Mapp said the director of the Office of Management and Budget has already issued the allotment releasing the $145,000 to cover the costs of holding the special ballot vote.

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“Accordingly, the Supervisor of Elections has received the resources to make all preparations to carry out the mandates of this Bill that I have signed into law today,” Mapp said in Friday’s news release.

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