Puerto Rico to Hold Statehood Referendum

Irrespective of whether or not Puerto Ricans want to be a state, does America want another state?

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gov. Wanda Vázquez announced on Saturday that she will hold a nonbinding referendum in November to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a U.S. state, a move that comes amid growing disillusion with the island’s U.S. territorial status.

For the first time in the island’s history, the referendum will ask a single, simple question: Should Puerto Rico be immediately admitted as a U.S. state?

It’s an answer that requires approval from U.S. Congress and a question that outraged the island’s small group of independence supporters and members of the main opposition Popular Democratic Party, which supports the status quo. But it’s a gamble that members of the governor’s pro-statehood party are confident will pay off given that Puerto Rico has struggled to obtain federal funds for hurricanes Irma and Maria, a string of recent strong earthquakes and the coronavirus pandemic amid growing complaints that the island does not receive fair and equal treatment.

5 Responses to Puerto Rico to Hold Statehood Referendum

  1. Jason says:

    I don’t have a problem with America having another or several more states.  Why would I?

  2. Mar says:

    Sure. Let’s then split up California.
    Otherwise, hell no.

  3. dad29 says:

    Puerto Rico is even more a failed state than is Illinois or California, which takes some doing.  Additional States are fine, but let’s find one that is worthy of admission.

  4. Merlin says:

    No.

  5. jsr says:

    Either make Puerto Rico a state or cut it loose.  It’s been a territory for long enough.

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