Electioneering Rules & Regulations
Polling Place Prohibited Activities
It is the policy of the Joint Boards of Elections that no electioneering will be permitted within the fenced area of any polling place, and not within 200 feet from the main entrance or gate of any polling place in the Virgin Islands. The 200-foot policy will be in effect for all directions surrounding the polling place, known as the (Non Electioneering Zone).
- As used in this document, “electioneering” includes any oral, printed, or written attempt to persuade persons to refrain from voting or to vote for or vote against any candidate or issue.
- On the day of any election, within any polling site, a person may not:
a. Do any electioneering;
b. Circulate cards or handbills of any kind;
c. Engage in any practice that interferes with the freedom of voters to vote or disrupts the administration of the polling site;
d. A person may not obstruct the doors or entries to a building in which a polling place is located or prevent free access to and from any polling place;
- It is prohibited for any person, directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf, to make use of any force, violence or restraint, or to inflict or threaten the infliction of, by himself or through any other person, any injury, damage, harm or loss, or in any manner to practice intimidation upon or against any person in order to induce and/or compel that person to:
a. Vote or refrain from voting for any particular person or measure at any election provided by law;
b. Vote or refrain from voting at any election.
- It is prohibited to solicit in any manner or by any means whatsoever any person to vote for or against any candidate or proposition being voted on in such election.
- It is prohibited to hand out, place, or display campaign cards, pictures, or other campaign literature of any kind or description whatsoever within polling sites.
- It is prohibited to place or display political signs, pictures, or other forms of political advertising within polling places.
- No appointed election official or officer, shall wear any button, pin, insignia, tee shirt, hat, etc. . . . identifying him with any political candidate or faction, nor shall any such official in any manner attempt to influence any voter for or against any candidate or issue being voted on in the election being held in that polling place.
- It is prohibited for any person to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly enter a polling site with a firearm, knife, club or other weapon. This policy shall not apply to police officers or other peace officers.