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    Default Puerto Rico Referendum, November 6th 2012. US Statehood a Possibility.

    With all the drama over the upcoming US Presidential Election, another election, less noticed on the media, will take place the same day which may mean something huge to the US, a new State.

    That's right, over in the Carribean, the island of Puerto Rico will go to the ballot boxes to decide their future.
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    Voters will first be asked whether they want the current territorial status to continue. Regardless of how voters answer that question, they will then be asked to express their preference among the three alternatives to the current status if the first question results in a vote for change: Statehood, complete independence or free association with the US.

    Good Article here: JURIST - Hotline: Puerto Rico Status Referendum is Historic

    So, if you were in their boots, how would you vote?
    What will this mean for the US?


    Do you wish to maintain the current political status?

    Yes: 746,031 (46.1%)
    No: 872,719 (53.9%)

    Status options:

    Free association with US: 404,945 (33.1%)
    Independence: 66,761 (5.5%)
    Statehood: 751,264 (61.4%)

    Puerto Rico update: Vote for Statehood wins out!!!
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    It will be interesting to watch, but I think the outcome will be that they maintain as a Territory. Puerto Rico would be like DC and be solidly Democratic, so the Republican states will ensure that they do not get the votes. Its unfortunate, but that will be the end case of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDarcy View Post
    It will be interesting to watch, but I think the outcome will be that they maintain as a Territory. Puerto Rico would be like DC and be solidly Democratic, so the Republican states will ensure that they do not get the votes. Its unfortunate, but that will be the end case of it.
    Am I correct that they don't currently pay Federal income tax, but would have to if they were formally a state?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDarcy View Post
    It will be interesting to watch, but I think the outcome will be that they maintain as a Territory. Puerto Rico would be like DC and be solidly Democratic, so the Republican states will ensure that they do not get the votes. Its unfortunate, but that will be the end case of it.
    Below is a video of Republican Presidents Reagan, Ford and Bush Sr. all endorsing statehood on behalf of the Republican Party of Puerto Rico. Romney also supports statehood.


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    A poll released by Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia backs the professor’s opinion. The poll revealed that the statehood option in the second question is edging out the option for a sovereign free state with a two-point advantage, with 44 percent. However, in the first question, which asks if Puerto Ricans are satisfied with the current status, the “yes” option is winning with 51 percent, against 39 percent that said “no.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by The System Works View Post
    Below is a video of Republican Presidents Reagan, Ford and Bush Sr. all endorsing statehood on behalf of the Republican Party of Puerto Rico. Romney also supports statehood.
    But it is not up the president to ratify it. They will have to win over the individual states as well. There is also a problem in that Puerto Rico is a Spanish speaking area. This will not go down well with the core base of Republicans. Romney supports it to try and get votes (plus he really doesn't get a say in the statehood if he was president), but if put forward as a realistic option, I just do not see it happening.

    I'll have to check on Federal taxes. For instance DC has to pay federal taxes, join for the possible selection in the armed forces (draft), have Washington DC dictate the money that goes to it and they do not have any representatives in Washington DC.

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    If Puerto Rico becomes a state, there will be serious questions as to how to handle the Spanish language issue. We could see a push to make English the official language of the U.S.

    Most Puerto Ricans cannot speak any English at all, despite it being an official language. It is also a very poor territory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glaucon View Post
    If Puerto Rico becomes a state, there will be serious questions as to how to handle the Spanish language issue. We could see a push to make English the official language of the U.S.

    Most Puerto Ricans cannot speak any English at all, despite it being an official language. It is also a very poor territory.
    25% poorer than the poorest US State but there is a 50% difference already between the richest State and the Poorest.
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