U.S. Senate and Puerto Rico Voting Rights

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in an interview with The Atlantic that he is passionate about voting rights. “Voting is the bedrock of our democracy,” he told the interviewer. “It’s what people die for.”

Asked what steps he would take, Schumer spoke about steps states could take to make it easier for their citizens to vote.

Schumer also spoke up for D.C. statehood. “Empowering people,” he said. “I’d do it for Puerto Rico too, but they’re not sure they want statehood. But D.C. has had a referendum, they want statehood, and we should have them be allowed to vote in federal elections—have congressmen, have senators, etc.”

In 2016, 244,134 D.C. voters, or 85.69% of all votes, chose statehood for Washington, D.C. in a up or down statehood vote. 40,779 voted no, and there were 26,154 blank or otherwise invalid votes.

In 2017, Puerto Rico also held a status vote. This referendum included statehood, independence, and the current territorial status. 502,801, or 97% of all votes, chose statehood. 7,786 chose independence, 6,823 chose territorial status, and there were 984 blank or otherwise invalid votes.

What does statehood provide?

D.C. already has the power to vote in presidential elections. They have 3 electoral votes. The Electoral College consists of representatives of each state, plus the District of Columbia. This group of people votes for the president.

As a state, Puerto Rico would also be able to vote in presidential elections, which it now cannot do.

Both D.C. and Puerto Rico, as states, would have senators and voting members of the House of Representatives. This would give each of them a great deal more power than they currently have, and a much stronger voice in American democracy.

Puerto Rico wants statehood

More than 40,000 people in Washington, D.C. do not want statehood. The majority want statehood. In a democracy, the majority of voters must make the decisions. We don’t have to wait until there is broad consensus and everyone agrees. We can’t factor in blank or otherwise invalid ballots.

In 2012 and in 2017, Puerto Rico’s voters chose statehood. We must respect the votes. It is time for action. We hope that Senator Schumer will stand with Puerto Rico’s voters and choose to support statehood.

6 Comments

Jose

Shimmer is a skimmer all he want is your vote don’t give a shit about you . You are the new black , blacks are leaving the Democratic Party in droves . Don’t let this evil charlatan brain wash you , Trump offer him a deal for the Daca kids and he refuse , from 800 thousand to 1 million and a half , he didn’t want to give Trump a win so he sacrifice the kids for his personal agenda , he is evil .

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Concepcion Aida Ferrer

We the people of Puerto Rico wants to be an Statehood. My father M/Sgt Angel S. Ferrer served 30 years in the US Army . An we where raised in the army.
Statehood now we. Are proud of the USA. Thanks.

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Carmen Byron

It’s about time that Puerto Rico became a state, the people want it . Vote and stop promising the people things, and get it done. 🇺🇸🇵🇷

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Marlene

What the US has done to our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico is an outrageous disgrace. It’s long overdue for Puerto Rico to become the 51st state and have proper representation.

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Cristina

We want and deserve statehood for Puerto Rico. We are american citizens and statehood will provide equal rights to our people. Puerto Rico practically operates as a state and the inclusion of Puerto Rico as state is an important democratic step in the US history. In addition, Puerto Rico represents too many benefits and opportunties for the United States.

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Felix

I leave this here and go slowly!! I WAS DEMOCRACTS TIL THE LAST ELECTION, I make a switch to Republicans Party for the following reason: The Democratic has its ranks people who area disgrace to Statehood for our beloved BORINQUE. Analyse this!!

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