The U.S. elected its 45th president on Nov. 8.
Hillary Clinton won’t gain any delegates for her resounding victory in the tiny U.S. island of Guam today, but it bodes well for her nonetheless.
The territory way out west of the international dateline has been a reliable barometer of how the U.S. election will go in almost every presidential race for the last 32 years. Voters there express their preference in a straw poll. Unlike in the presidential primaries, where Guam’s vote actually counts, in the general election, Guam and other U.S. territories have no say.
Still, thousands of people turn out. Clinton won nearly 72% of the 32,071 ballots cast Tuesday. Trump got 24% of the vote. The only year Guam did not predict the U.S. president was the year an election-day typhoon disrupted voting in 1996. Bill Clinton already had been declared the winner by the time Guam voted that year.
Guam is among several U.S. territories that have no representation in the electoral college. The lack of say for the millions of residents of U.S territories, which include Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa, has been a source of constant protest by those disenfranchised residents. The voting rights of residents in the territories are slightly different from those people who live in Washington, D.C. Washingtonians do have a say in who is elected president, but they do not have any voting representatives in Congress.
Leaders and activists in the territories and in Washington have filed various complaints and lawsuits over the years seeking full representation. Their cause has attracted the attention of human rights watchdogs at the United Nations and the Organization of American States.
And comedian John Oliver took aim at the disenfranchisement during a segment of his HBO show last year, when he criticized as racist the laws that prevent the people in the U.S. territories from fully participating in American democracy.