Puerto Rico Votes For Statehood In Referendum Marred By Record Low Turnout

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A little over a month after the island effectively filed for bankruptcy protection, Puerto Ricans have voted overwhelmingly for statehood in a nonbinding referendum that was marred by low voter turnout.

Nearly half a million votes were cast for statehood, more than 7,600 for free association/independence and nearly 6,700 for independence, according to preliminary results. The participation rate was just 23 percent with roughly 2.26 million registered voters, prompting opponents to question the validity of a vote that several parties had boycotted, Fox News reported.


It was the lowest level of participation in any election in Puerto Rico since 1967, according to Carlos Vargas Ramos, an associate with the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York. He also said that even among voters who supported statehood, turnout was lower this year compared with the last referendum in 2012.

"Supporters of statehood did not seem enthusiastic about this plebiscite as they were five years ago," he said.

The vote is nonbinding: The US Congress has the final say on Puerto Rio’s status, and there’s little support for taking on the economically-troubled island as a full member of the union.

That reality was apparently lost on Gov. Ricardo Rossello, the island’s governor, who accused Washington DC of hypocrisy in not honoring the will of the Puerto Rican people as expressed through a democratic vote.  

"From today going forward, the federal government will no longer be able to ignore the voice of the majority of the American citizens in Puerto Rico," Rossello said. "It would be highly contradictory for Washington to demand democracy in other parts of the world, and not respond to the legitimate right to self-determination that was exercised today in the American territory of Puerto Rico," according to the Associated Press.

Some see statehood as the best way to pull Puerto Rico out of its economic crisis; others blame the U.S. for the malaise and would rather seek independence after five centuries of what they call colonial rule, according to CNBC.

Puerto Rico's main opposition party rejected the pro-statehood result.

"The scant participation ... sends a clear message," Anibal Jose Torres, a party member, told Fox. "The people rejected it by boycotting an inconsequential event."

Puerto Rico previously voted in favor of becoming a state in 2012 during a vote that was also distorted by low turnout, the Hill reported.

Puerto Rico's governor requested bankruptcy protection for a portion of the island's $73 billion in debt back in May, setting up a showdown with Wall Street firms owed billions of dollars, in what will be the largest-ever U.S. municipal debt restructuring.

The island’s finances are presently under the control of a federal oversight board.


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Juggernaut x2's picture

Cut these deadbeats free

Croesus's picture

Great, another state full of freeloaders...

knukles's picture

It's Trump's fault that Putin Hacked us to Improve our Social Services

Alt RightGirl's picture

Another state of black deadbeats.

Now they will expect Uncle Sam and Bernie Sanders to take care of them. 

We need to start reparations ASAP and ship them all back to their home continent.


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Johnny Debt's picture

Everyone above me is a paid troll... Holy crap how many fake accounts on here.. Strfr's working full time

Art Van Delay's picture

The Retard is strong with this one.



Great Deceivah's picture

He's a nigger rican.. what do you expect? LOL

The_Juggernaut's picture

lol.  No.


They soiled their nest and now want to soil ours.  We've got enough problems already.  Fuck off.

open calender's picture

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ScratInTheHat's picture

I keep seeing people leaving the “L” out of UNCLE SLAM and I can’t understand why!

HardAssets's picture

We've got enough of them pretending to 'work' at all levels of government - local, state, and federal.

Just wait till they find out those overly generous pensions they were promised are broke.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

We should grant PR statehood, with the caveat that ALL PR's must leave the island first.  That's some primo real estate, which Whites would quickly turn into a paradise.

Great Deceivah's picture

And to what zoo do we send the millions of low IQ monkeys living there?

To Africa?

I would rather have all Nigger Ricans leave the US and return to their shitty island.. that would be millions saved in welfare and incarceration costs

The_Juggernaut's picture

New York and California for starters.

knukles's picture

What do you call a spic getting baptized?
Bean dip

Quantum Bunk's picture

Cut it free. Lots of cheap beautiful prostitutes there. 

Tallest Skil's picture

Not a fucking inch of US soil should be given away to foreigners ever again. Just kick out the fucking inhabitants of the island and replace them with people who have actual work ethic.

Bes's picture

genocide again?

at least you are consistent. 

consistently evil.

stacking12321's picture


and probably a hypocrite, as well.

he talks about "work ethic", but he's probably an angry frustrated 35 year old living in his mom's basement, hating on them mexicans for taking our jerbs, because he didn't really educate himself or learn a useful skill, so it's gotta be someone else's fault.

hardworking and successful people tend not to get caught up in that sort of pettiness.



The_Juggernaut's picture

hardworking and successful people tend not to have time to post their bullshit opinions on the Internet.

Great Deceivah's picture

and where are you planning on sending all the nigger Ricans?

Pure Evil's picture

Too Bes' and stacking12321' house, since they're so tolerant and inclusive.

Bes's picture

np as long as we are consistent and we get to send your genocidal assess back to europe. 

Great Deceivah's picture

If you love niggers so much, move to Nigger Rico and live among them.. and be enriched by their wonderful culture LOL

Badsamm's picture

I'm here for the girl in the pic, what the fuck

stokr's picture

PR is just another WELFARE HO, so no,

just deal with your issues on your own, adios!

knukles's picture

Never ever tell a Puerto Rican window washer that you want them spic and span.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

Mom always said, 'Wash your hands before eating, look both ways when crossing the street, and never yell at a carload of Puerto Ricans.'

Pure Evil's picture

Have you noticed that the commercial for Spic -n- Span is no longer shown on TV?

HardAssets's picture

Ole Teddy Roosevelt wanted 'Murica to be an empire just like all those Europeans. So they started a little war with Spain & grabbed some real estate. P.R. was one place they grabbed.

How'd 'empire' work out for the average American?

This is what that guy in the Philippines sometimes goes off on. He knows history too. 'Murica killed a bunch of Filipinos and took their islands at the same time they took P.R.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

True, but to be fair, we didn't take it from the Phillipinos.  They merely went from being a colony of Spain to a colony of the USA.

Attitude_Check's picture



Teddy Roosevelt was in the army during the Spanish American war - he was not president.  In fact he led the "charge up San Juan Hill".

The Spanish American war was instigated by William Randolph Hearst because he thought he could sell more papers.  When the USS Maine blew up in Havana, Hearst published article after article that it was blown up by the Spanish.  Eventually the American who thought they could "trust the news" forced war on Spain through a fairly willing Congress.


The Phillipines and Cuba were Spanish Colonies that the US took as war spoils.

ScratInTheHat's picture

The US had been trolling Spain for Cuba since the 1850’s. Manifest destiny and all that.

Pure Evil's picture

At least since 1823 with the Monroe Doctrine which was a United States policy of opposing European colonialism in The Americas beginning in 1823.

AmericanWino's picture

I'm gonna loose my mind if we bail them out. You can thank Rubio if it happens.

Johnny Debt's picture

Thank you for pointing that out! He is Cuban... the education level of some folks

Great Deceivah's picture

No morons.. he won the primaries there and now he is the principal politician defending that shithole


Educate yourselves, ignorant morons

Great Deceivah's picture

Nigger Rico voted for Rubio on the GOP primaries.. they love that fucker there..

charlewar's picture

seems most are welfare bunnies....let them learn what it is to want...

tripletail's picture

Petition denied!

Horse Pizzle's picture

Hispanic leeches are not worthy of USA statehood.  Try Spain.

Rich from PDT's picture

Nice try over there... I think we'll pass at the "opportunity."

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Txpl9421's picture

I love today's politicians: There are rules to becoming a state. One of them is that the rest of the country has to want to have you in the club. Just because you want to join doesn't make it a good idea.

knukles's picture

Politicians are the ones who told us they were gonna save us an hour of daylight.

Pure Evil's picture

Anyway, I thought Mexico was the 51st state since we've bailed them out so many times.