Puerto Rico becomes a state?

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Registered: 09-07-2009
Puerto Rico becomes a state?
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Wed, 04-28-2010 - 10:30pm

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Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997
Thu, 04-29-2010 - 6:07am
I don't know what this is about- but plan to look further into it. Considering that Puerto Ricans are already US citizens, I don't know if it is related to the issues in Arizona. Thanks for giving me something to do during study hall today! (Of course I should be grading essays- but that is what softball practice is for LOL)

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2009
Thu, 04-29-2010 - 9:40pm
I didn't either that is why I posted it but I found out some stuff today.
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-27-2009
Thu, 04-29-2010 - 9:54pm

A friend of one of my kids is from Puerto Rico.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2009
Thu, 04-29-2010 - 9:57pm
Thanks for the information I am very ignorant about this and trying to learn.
Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997
Fri, 04-30-2010 - 6:33am
From what I understand, there have been periodic elections in Puerto Rico and they have continued to choose commonwealth status.
I wonder if we would add to the number of members of the House or just reapportion if they ever chose statehood?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2010
Fri, 04-30-2010 - 4:17pm
There have been 3 elections in the last 30 years concerning Puerto Rico becoming a state - in each election the Puerto Ricans have voted to remain independent.
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2009
Fri, 04-30-2010 - 8:31pm
I would think they would do it the same as our states, they would get congress people and Senators.
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2009
Fri, 04-30-2010 - 9:17pm
I believe this is the first one where the Republican Governor of Puerto Rico asked for this so this is interesting.
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2010
Sat, 05-01-2010 - 1:45am
The 1967 plebiscite

In 1967, the Legislative Assembly tested political interests of the Puerto Rican people by passing a local Plebiscite Act that allowed a vote on the status of Puerto Rico. This constituted the first plebiscite by the Legislature for a choice on three status options. Following the plebiscite, efforts in the 1970s to enact legislation to address the status issue died in congressional committees. Subsequent locally-authorized plebiscites in 1993 (in which the Congress played a more substantial role), commonwealth status did not win a plurality.



The 1993 plebiscite

A subsequent plebiscite was organized by the Puerto Rican government in 1993. The current political status (status quo) failed to receive majority support, receiving 48.6% of voter support. U.S. Congress played a more substantial role in the 1993 plebiscite than it did in the 1967 plebiscite. However, there was no formal commitment on the part of the U.S. Government to honor the results. In the end, Commonwealth status was again upheld in the 1993 plebiscite.



The 1998 plebiscite

In the last locally-organized plebiscite held in Puerto Rico (1998), the current status quo (Commonwealth status) received less than one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of the total vote. The option of independence received 2.5%, "none of the above" received 50.3% and statehood received 46.7%.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-30-2009
Sat, 05-01-2010 - 3:28am

"Good choice."


Why?

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