Sen. Alicia “Chucky” Hansen is still fighting to keep her Senate seat after official election results revealed she was only able to gather 2,089 of the 3,282 write-in votes, as the beleaguered Senator has now petitioned the Board of Elections to recount the November 4 General Election ballots, citing inconsistencies with the first count. She hinted that if the Elections Board failed to honor her request, she may take legal action against the body.
Speaking on Alvin Gee’s VI News Now radio broadcast Tuesday morning, Hansen quoted VI Code, Section 629 B, stating that when a recount is requested, the Board of Elections shall make a determination within three days. And if a recount is decided upon, it should commence within 10 days of the filing of the petition.
“If the Board decides not to approve the petition and grant the recount, then according to Virgin Islands Code Title 18, Section 629 C, I am to appeal to the District Court, within five days,” Hansen said.
As for her reasons for requesting a recount of the ballots, Hansen listed a myriad of “inconsistencies” with the first count, from alleged reprogrammed jump drives to missing write-in votes.
“Every vote should be counted and respected,” Hansen stated, “and within that petition, I listed various reasons [for the recount].”
She went on: “Among them ballots not counted, differences between the computer count and subsequent actual count, ballots erroneously counted, ballots not counted because of the failure to darken the bubble even though the intent of the voter is clear, ballots not counted because of an issue with the name despite the fact that the intent is clear, failure to count ballots not tabulated by the DS200 even though a hand count would have cast those ballots for me.
“Ballots that have gone missing before being counted, ballot bins coming in the Elections Board without their security seal; jump drives from voting tabulation that were reprogrammed–and so there are about 14 items and irregularities that took place with those write-in votes. And we want to know what happened to the over 5,000 write-ins that came in on behalf of Alicia “Chucky” Hansen.”
A meeting regarding Hansen’s request for a recount will be held Wednesday at the Board of Elections office on St. Croix at 9:30 a.m.