Puerto Ricans Overwhelming Vote for Statehood

Jun 12, 2017

The citizens of Puerto Rico voted overwhelmingly for statehood in a non-binding referendum. This is not the first time such a vote has been held, but this time the turnout was unusually low with several major political parties boycotting the referendum. While Puerto Rico has long been a U.S. territory and its citizens are granted U.S. citizenship they only have one representative in congress with limited voting power. In any case, it is up to congress to grant statehood and it has never been inclined to do so regardless of which party is in control. Since statehood would probably mean two more Democrats in the Senate, the current congress is even less likely to grant the request.