The Puerto Rican election you never heard about

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Courtesy of Fox News

I bet you didn’t even know there was an election.

On 6/11/17, the people of Puerto Rico went out to vote on the ever important issue: should Puerto Rico remain a territory, become a state, or gain independence all together?

It was the fifth referendum in the island’s history, yet it was so obscure and irrelevant that barely anyone even knows about it! I say obscure and irrelevant because the election had a 23% voter turnout, where there is usually 80%, according to the New York Times.

Of the 23% who voted, 97% voted for statehood. Wow! Crazy, huh? Most other voters did not go because they felt that the election was inherently biased towards statehood. The fact that the pro-statehood governor took this inaccurate figure as evidence of want for statehood does indeed point to this theory.

I write this article because I feel more people need to know about this election, because it highlights a very important issue; that being the current situation of Puerto Rico. 1 in 10 is unemployed, people have been emigrating from the island, not to mention chest deep in 70 billion dollars of debt.

I think most of the people on the island would rather the U.S. government helped them get back on their feet than bail them out as part of the Union. Not too mention, I’m sure many Puerto Ricans are worried that integration will destroy the cultural heritage of the island.

This election is important because it brings important issues to light. We should not let this election disappear without a trace, but rather learn what its results are telling us.

What do you guys think about the election? Post in the comments.

2 responses to “The Puerto Rican election you never heard about”

  1. I do not think becoming a state will destroy the culture of the island. Each country in EU did not loose their identity because of the greater integration. Hawaii makes all effort to preserve the culture of the island since 1949. There is already many Americans in Puerto Rico who bought their vacation houses, or work at Universities there that propagate American academia culture, which is probably not the worst thing for the island. The very same people actually care about preserving uniqueness of the place.


  2. I like the result: it seems that PR counts on the US. It is a nice territory, with resources and good people. The truth is that the present status is convenient to many. For PR, they are getting education locally, and can get job at mainland. For US, if you have money, there is no problem to buy/build a house in Rincon. The current status will not change until PR people will vote for independence or to merge with another foreign state or will find an oil field right in the middle of the island. It was a pity that this referendum didn’t attract much attention, but this exactly because PR is well integrated into the US already.


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