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Puerto Rico’s New Progressive Party (NPP) is using “rigged” data to claim the majority of Puerto Ricans support its push for U.S. statehood, rival party president Héctor Ferrer told reporters Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico Jennifer Gonzalez, a statehood supporter along with Rosselló, filed a bill in Congress requesting statehood for the island commonwealth based on the outcomes of the two most recent plebiscites — an island-wide vote — on the issue.
Puerto - Rico - Times - Commonwealth - Relationship
Puerto Rico has held a plebiscite seven times on the commonwealth’s relationship with the U.S. The fight is focused between Puerto Ricans who want to remain a commonwealth or become a state, though a small faction supports independence. The commonwealth status quo option won four plebiscites between 1950 and 1993, according to documents given to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The option “commonwealth” was rewritten as “territorial commonwealth” in 1998. The PDP protested the change and campaigned for Puerto Ricans to vote none-of-the-above. The campaign seemed to work with half of voters choosing none-of-the-above versus 45 percent of the vote for statehood.
Statehood - Plebiscites - Referendums - Administrations - Ferrer
Statehood has won the two most recent plebiscites held in 2012 and 2017, but the referendums were “rigged” by pro-statehood administrations, according to Ferrer.
Former Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico Pedro Pierluisi, serving as Puerto Rico’s non-voting member of the U.S. House of Representatives, introduced a bill to Congress to hold a restructured plebiscite in 2012. The bill included a two-part vote. The first ballot asked voters whether they wanted to stay as a commonwealth or change. If Puerto Ricans voted for change, the second ballot would ask voters whether they supported Puerto Rican statehood, free-association or independence.
Statehood - Percent - Vote - Favor - Statehood
Statehood won with 61 percent of the vote, but the seemingly large swing in favor of statehood has more to do with how votes were tallied than a real reflection...
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