Puerto Rico status referendum - November 6, 2012

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    Nov 01, 2012 11:41 AM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rican_status_referendum,_2012

    A referendum on the political status of Puerto Rico will be held in Puerto Rico on November 6, 2012. Puerto Ricans will be asked whether they agree to continue with the current territorial status, and then will be given three choices of alternate political status to choose from: statehood, independence, or a sovereign nation in free association with the United States.

    This is the fourth referendum held to decide on the political status of Puerto Rico. Previous ones were held in 1967, 1993, and 1998.

    If Puerto Ricans vote for an option other than the current U.S. territory status, the government of Puerto Rico will be expected to petition the federal government on behalf of the voters. For example, if a majority of voters choose statehood, Puerto Rico's nonvoting Resident Commissioner can be expected to introduce legislation admitting Puerto Rico to the Union. As with other bills, it would have to pass both the House and the Senate, and be signed by the President of the United States, or, if vetoed, veto overridden by 2/3 of each of the House and Senate to become law.
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    Nov 01, 2012 1:15 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidStatehood has been bruited about many times, but it almost always comes down to two issues: 1) language - the Republicans have tried for years to pass a constitutional amendment establishing English as the 'official' language of the U.S., but a great many Puertoriquenos don't speak it, and even those that do resent not being able to use Spanish in official affairs, and 2) the Republicans believe, with some justice, that Puerto Rico statehood would likely mean two new Democratic senators and a Democratic House delegation. This they are not keen to see.


    The latter being much the same issue standing in the way of DC statehood, or even official representation. It's pretty shameful.
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    Nov 01, 2012 6:43 PM GMT
    Thanks for bringing this up. This issue will no doubt be overshadowed by yet another election. If the residents of PR want statehood, they should have it! And if most residents don't speak English, so what?!

    If the Repubs are so damn concerned about Spanish-speaking Puerto Rican's and the fact that PR will be represented by Democrats, then the Repubs really need to grow up and focus on more important issues. What a bunch of babies.