The Elections Board has voted to divide into two district committees, prompting some members to express concern that the move violates the intent of a law unifying the formerly separate elections boards.

“I believe this puts the Board of Elections into potential conflict with the intent of the legislation establishing the present unified, territorywide board as it and it alone is to conduct, oversee, administer, or otherwise regulate, in any way, shape or form, elections across the territory, irrespective of district. Should there be the need for district-specific training, it is my opinion and belief that the Supervisor of Elections and/or her designee is entitled to do this at a staff level,” board member Robert Max Schanfarber said in a press release about Friday’s meeting. “Accordingly, I am opposed to what was passed and ask for its immediate reconsideration at the next meeting of the board.”

— Contact Suzanne Carlson at 340-714-9122 or email