Elections officials say voters are streaming to the polls well in advance of primary election day.
Early voting opened about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday after a software glitch on the vote counting machines required reprogramming. However, Elections officials said more than 300 people had already cast ballots for the Aug. 4 primary election by Thursday afternoon.
Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes said voter reception of the early voting has been positive, and she’s been asking satisfied voters to spread the word on social media.
“It’s going well,” she said.
Exactly 200 voters showed up at the St. Thomas office to cast early ballots on Wednesday. By 3 p.m., 162 early votes had been cast on St. Croix, Fawkes said. On St. John, six voters had availed themselves of the early window as of Wednesday, according to Elections System figures.
Early voting will remain available through the weekend, Fawkes said.
“Wednesday to Wednesday,” she said. “We’re going right through.”
V.I. Elections Board Chairman Arturo Watlington Jr. estimated anywhere between 1,500 and 2,000 early votes could be cast by the time early voting closes on Wednesday.
Early voting requires a voter ID card, and a visit to one of three locations on each of the Virgin Islands, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., according to an Elections System press release.
The locations are as follows:
• St. Croix — Sunny Isle Annex, Unit 4.
• St. Thomas — Lockhart Gardens, Banco Popular building, second floor
• St. John — Market Place, Suite II.
The 2018 General Election will be held on Nov. 6.