Official results show 97% of votes in the June 11th plebiscite favoring statehood.
The official results from the State Electoral Commission:
- Statehood: 97%
- Independence and Free Association: 1.5%
- Territorial status: 1.3%
Anti-statehood parties encouraged their supporters to boycott the vote, and turnout was low. However, it was made clear before the vote that those who did not vote would be throwing away their chance to participate.
As Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida said in a statement shortly after the vote, “The ballot was fair and those who voted overwhelmingly chose statehood. In our democracy, only those who show up to vote get counted.”
A plebiscite is a popular vote designed to measure the sentiment within a population. By its nature, a plebiscite cannot compel any particular action on the part of the government. In this case, Congress is still in the position of the decision maker for Puerto Rico’s status.
But both party platforms and the most recent statement about Puerto Rico from the president affirm that the federal government wants to follow the wishes of the people of Puerto Rico on the Island’s status.
Governor Rossello intends to send a delegation to Washington to demand action on the part of Congress.
You should also contact your legislators and make sure that they know we expect action.