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How to Vote in the U.S. Virgin Islands' 2022 Elections

En español | The U.S. Virgin Islands’ Nov. 8 general election will determine races for the delegate to the U.S. House, governor, lieutenant governor and the Virgin Islands legislature. 

Essential info:

  • Absentee voting: Currently, only certain registered voters can apply for an absentee ballot, as outlined on the Election System’s website. But no-excuse absentee ballots will be available to all registered voters if the governor signs new legislation in the coming weeks.
Voters in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Voters in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • Early in-person voting: Available at early voting centers from Oct. 10 through Oct. 31, including weekends.
  • In-person voting on Election Day: The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

What's new?

The Virgin Islands Legislature voted in July to allow all voters to cast an absentee ballot without an excuse. The legislation is pending before the governor.

What races are on the ballot in 2022?

  • U.S. House delegate: Stacey Plaskett (D)
  • Governor: incumbent Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (D), Stephen “Smokey” Frett (Independent Citizens Movement), Ronald Pickard (I), Kurt Vialet (I)
  • Legislature of the Virgin Islands: 14 senators (seven per district), plus one at-large senator (a St. John resident)

How do I register to vote?

You must register in person at one of the Election System office locations, where you’ll need to provide an original version of one of the following:

  • A birth certificate
  • A U.S. passport
  • A military discharge form (DD214)
  • A naturalization certificate

The deadline to register is Sunday, Oct. 9. Confirm your registration with the voter lookup tool

How can I get an absentee ballot? Are there important deadlines?

Absentee ballots are only available to certain residents, including people who are going to school outside of the U.S. Virgin Islands, people who can’t go to the polls because of an illness or disability and others who meet the criteria outlined on the Election System’s website. But the governor may sign new legislation introducing no-excuse absentee ballots.

You can request an absentee ballot in several ways:

  • By email or fax: Visit the absentee ballot page at vivote.gov, where you can download a copy of the absentee ballot application in English or Spanish. The completed form can be emailed or faxed to esviballotstx@vi.gov or 340-773-4523 for St. Croix, and esviballotsttj@vi.gov or 340-776-2391 for St. Thomas and St. John.

  • By phone: To request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you, call 340-773-1021 for St. Croix, 340-774-3107 for St. Thomas, or 340-776-6535 for St. John, the latter of which is open only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Or you can call the toll-free number for the Election System of the Virgin Islands at 877-773-1021.
  • In person: Visit an Election System office. It’s preferred, but not required, that you go to the one in your district.

The deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Completed absentee ballots can be mailed at no cost or hand-delivered to your Election System office. If you hand-deliver your ballot, drop it off by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

If you mail the completed ballot, it must arrive at your Election System office no more than 10 days after the election —  by Friday, Nov. 18, for the general election — to be counted.  

If you have an emergency and are unable to get to a voting center or are confined to a bed in a nursing home or hospital, you can send a representative to pick up an absentee ballot for you on Election Day.

Can I track my ballot?

While the Election System of the Virgin Islands does not provide tracking numbers, ballots are tracked internally though a voter registration database. To check the status of your ballot, call the St. Croix office at 340-773-1021, the St. Thomas office at 340-774-3107, or (on Tuesdays and Thursdays) the St. John office at 340-776-6535.

Can I vote in person before Election Day?

Yes, at an early voting center in your district from Monday, Oct. 10, to Monday, Oct. 31, for the general election, including weekends. Locations for early voting centers will be found on vivote.gov. Centers are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

When is Election Day? When are polls open?

The primary election is Saturday, Aug. 6, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cast your ballot at any voting center in your district. Voting centers will be posted to vivote.gov by September. A run-off election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 22, if needed.

Do I need identification to vote?

Only first-time voters need to show identification to vote. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • U.S. Virgin Islands voter ID card, which is issued when you register to vote and can be replaced for a small fee
  • U.S. Virgin Islands driver’s license
  • U.S. passport
  • Any other government-issued ID

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Aug. 8, 2022, with information about the general election. The guide was first published on Aug. 4, 2020.

Also of Interest:


  • Follow AARP's political coverage at aarp.org/elections
  • Keep up with local events and AARP advocacy efforts at aarp.org/vi.
  • Text VIVOTES to 22777 to receive a one-time text message with a link to U.S. Virgin Islands voter information. Message and data rates may apply. Terms apply: https://aarp.info/tcady
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