Posted By Craig Barshinger

I'm here at the Elections office in St. Thomas. My purpose is to verify that walk-in absentee ballots are being processed properly and courteously.

I have spoken with Ms. Venzen who affirms that no challenge is made to those who request an absentee ballot.  I have observed two people voting by walk-in absentee. Both individuals simply filled out a form and were given a paper ballot. They took it to a secluded area where they filled out the paper ballot. They returned to the central hall and deposited their ballot through a slot in a large plywood box that is sealed with two deadbolts.

Additional voters have come and followed the same procedure.

I've asked a couple voters about their satisfaction. They are satisfied. I'm observing that the approximate time is less than 15 mins, start to finish. There is no waiting line.


From the elections office,



Posted By Craig Barshinger

[This is part 2, the conclusion of the previous post]

While I will still pursue the Early Voting legislation in November, I think that essence of the job was done that day.

Please enjoy a Paper Ballot, and avoid standing in line on Election Day. Go to the Elections office on STX, STT, or STJ in from now until Nov. 2 to cast on the spot your walk-in absentee ballot!

And please remember to vote Craig W. Barshinger, #4 on the ballot, for Senator-at-large!

Thank you for your continuing support,


Footnote: Perhaps you asked yourself, "How could John Abramson make that decision by calling Board Members during lunch?" The answer is, he cannot. Such a policy decision needs to be called as an agenda item at a Board meeting, and acted upon officially. Nonetheless, I am confident that the formal treatment will be fulfilled, and my office will verify that is has been done so prior to November 2.




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