Yvonne Tharpes of St. John, who was seated on the Board of Elections with only six votes in the general election, has opted not to accept the position.
"It's in the interest of justice and fair dealing," Tharpes told the Daily News.
Tharpes was certified for the board after the Attorney General's Office said the V.I. Code requires that two members of the Elections Board must be from St. John.
Tharpes' decision could allow Democrat Gaylord Sprauve, with 5,526 votes in the election, to be seated on the board.
Tharpes said the situation points to the need for election reform.

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