Which means Puerto Rico votes on whether to give Democrats more power in Congress.
Happily, how Puerto Rico votes on statehood isn’t binding. They don’t have the power to make themselves a state. But it isn’t hard to see that this is part of an ongoing campaign to give liberals more power in Congress. The effect on the House of Representatives would be minimal, but the addition of two more Senators would be a dramatic difference.
The Wall Street Journal reports, “Puerto Rico to Vote Sunday on Statehood.”
The nonbinding plebiscite in the island of 3.4 million people presents three options: statehood, independence or a continuation of its current status as a territory. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, a member of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party, has made the push for statehood a centerpiece of his administration since assuming office in January.
“The people of Puerto Rico cherish our relationship with the United States,” said Jenniffer González, the island’s nonvoting member of Congress and a member of the pro-statehood party. “We hope to strengthen that relationship” by becoming the 51st state.
But the opposition Popular Democratic Party—which supports keeping the island’s current status, though with more autonomy—has urged voters to boycott the vote. It calls the referendum rigged in support of statehood, in part because the governing party had initially sought to exclude the territorial option from the ballot. The smaller Puerto Rican Independence Party has also called for a boycott.
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