V. Federal Relations

As an integral part of the United States, it is imperative that the Virgin Islands achieve the equality guaranteed by the United States Constitution. We consider ourselves fortunate to be citizens of the United States. The Republican Party of the Virgin Islands believes in a closer and more permanent relationship with the United States. The right of Virgin Islanders to vote in national elections for the President and the Vice President of the United States, to have voting representation in Congress, as well as a locally elected Governor, was introduced into the National Platform of the Republican Party in 1960. When voting rights and representation are extended from the local to the national level, the citizens of the Virgin Islands will move towards equal status in the egalitarian society of the United States of America of which we are all so proud.