Jose Torres

Puerto Rico votes for U.S. statehood, but this questioned referendum won't be the final word

Puerto Rico votes for U.S. statehood, but this questioned referendum won't be the final word

Puerto Rico's governor announced that the U.S. territory has overwhelmingly chosen statehood in a nonbinding referendum Sunday held amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus of islanders to the U.S. mainland.

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

"From today going forward, the federal government will no longer be able to ignore the voice of...

EDITION: California | U.S. & World
65°