Nov 7 - Puerto Rico votes Yes to become the 51st state of the US

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Nov 7 - Puerto Rico votes Yes to become the 51st state of the US
 

 
Puerto Rico votes yes to become the 51st state of the US

Voters in Puerto Rico have supported a non-binding referendum to become a full US state.
The measure will require approval from the US Congress, but President Barack Obama has said he will respect the vote.
The island is currently a US territory, which uses the dollar and whose citizens travel on US passports.
But it does not return senators to the US Congress and is represented in Washington by a non-voting delegate.
Almost 80% of the island's electorate took part in the referendum, the fourth in the past 45 years.
With almost all the votes counted, almost 54% voted to change the island's relationship with the US.
And in reply to a second question on what future they favoured, nearly two-thirds wanted full statehood.
If Congress grants its approval, Puerto Ricans would have the right to vote in all US elections, but would also have to pay federal taxes, something at present they are excused from.
The island came under US control in 1898 when Spain lost the island at the end of the Spanish-American war.
Ties were strengthened in 1917 when Puerto Ricans became US citizens and were allowed to serve in the military.
'No other option'
There are now almost a million more Puerto Ricans in the US than on the island.
Supreme Court judge Sonia Sotomayor, singer Jennifer Lopez and the former jazz musician Tito Puente are all of Puerto Rican descent, though all three were born in New York.
Ties between the island and the mainland are strong and many on the island considered it inevitable that a full union be requested.
A young voter in the capital San Juan, Jerome Lefebre, said: "Puerto Rico has to be a state. There is no other option.
"We're doing okay, but we could do better. We would receive more benefits, a lot more financial help."
But that opinion was rejected by Ramon Lopez de Azua: "Puerto Rico's problem is not its political status.
"I think that the United States is the best country in the world, but I am Puerto Rican first."
The island has been hit hard by the current recession - it has debts of $68bn (£42bn) and unemployment is more than 13%.
President Barack Obama, who visited the island last year, has said he will respect the will of Puerto Ricans if there is a clear majority.
Any change would require approval by the US Congress, but no territory has ever been denied a petition for admission to the



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81 comments for "Nov 7 - Puerto Rico votes Yes to become the 51st state of the US"

 5 years ago '07        #2
Pistol Peter 33 heat pts33
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if puerto rico becomes a state the republican party might as well wrap it up
 11-08-2012, 09:21 AM         #3
Dos-effect 
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Im surprised this is not being reported on more........this is only an addtional state added to the union......wow
 5 years ago '08        #4
foestacks 13 heat pts13
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puerto ricans don't want this sh*t
its the rich light skin ricans that want this sh*t
 5 years ago '06        #5
Special Edd 167 heat pts167
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 davilla24c said:


puerto ricans don't want this sh*t
its the rich light skin ricans that want this sh*t


i'd vote no.

wait there isnt 51 states man fu*k me and my knowledge im out
 5 years ago '08        #6
foestacks 13 heat pts13
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 Special Edd said:
wait there isnt 51 states man fu*k me and my knowledge im out
 5 years ago '07        #7
wtr1906 45 heat pts45
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I am honestly considering making PR my next place of residence......this might help me and my family make up our mind!
 5 years ago '11        #8
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 Dos-effect said:
Im surprised this is not being reported on more........this is only an addtional state added to the union......wow
It's because the vote means nothing. It was only a small majority who wants to become a state. Not enough to actually convince the PR officials to actually push for statehood
 5 years ago '09        #9
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 Kadillac87 said:
It's because the vote means nothing. It was only a small majority who wants to become a state. Not enough to actually convince the PR officials to actually push for statehood
no electoral votes for puerto rico, just more money for the gov
 5 years ago '06        #10
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 DavidSilva said:
Puerto Rico's language is not even english,i thought that Puerto Ricans had pride they voted yes because they know that their country is just a waste of space.
What does language have to do with it? You realize America doesn't have an official language right?
 5 years ago '12        #11
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 Flying Jesus said:
i finally have access to Puerto Rican females..
Nope...Your still denied





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 5 years ago '08        #12
knAwle3ge 73 heat pts73
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I thought it was been a state, since I seen Puerto Rico at the back of a quarter. So is Somoa..
 5 years ago '12        #13
Taste Maker 29 heat pts29
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wonder what the new flag will look like..
 5 years ago '04        #14
LilKray 1 heat pts
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They should just do a swap with Florida instead.
 5 years ago '11        #15
invaderchin 174 heat pts174
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voting delegate?










eleanor lost...




















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 5 years ago '10        #16
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 Flying Jesus said:
i finally have access to Puerto Rican females..
First thing i thought
 11-08-2012, 09:06 PM         #17
CAMB75 
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congress is not expected to pass it though
 5 years ago '11        #18
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 Taste Maker said:
wonder what the new flag will look like..
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 Flying Jesus said:
i finally have access to Puerto Rican females..
lol if you aint have em yet you aint ever gettin em...

but for real puerto rican chicks are to crazy... they only good for fake names and a.ss shots
 5 years ago '10        #20
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 Pistol Peter said:
if puerto rico becomes a state the republican party might as well wrap it up
why? The ricans in the states are clueless and eat up whatever is fed to them so why would the ones in PR be any different. I remember my girl's stepfather wanted to vote for Bush cause he thought he was looking out for hispanics.
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