Virgin Islands delegate supports election fraud probe

Voters complained about the electronic voting machines, a delay in counting paper ballots and an overall lack of transparency.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands — The congressional delegate for the U.S. Virgin Islands says she supports a probe into allegations of fraud and corruption during the recent general election.

Donna Christensen said Sunday that the investigation is needed "given the increasing lack of trust in the process."

The islands' attorney general has appointed a special investigator and four lawyers to probe numerous complaints by voters who chose Christensen, local lawmakers and other officials during the Nov. 6 vote.

Voters complained about the electronic voting machines, a delay in counting paper ballots and an overall lack of transparency.

Christensen says she does not question the results. But she says problems during vote counting "adds fuel to those who rightly or wrongly have been railing against the machines and the entire process."