Florida’s Governor Rick Scott has announced his support for the admission of Puerto Rico as a state. Scott said that the U.S. should “respect the will of the people of Puerto Rico,” according to the Associated Press.
Scott was referring to the fact that more than half a million voters — 97% of those who turned out — chose statehood in the last referendum held in June 2017. While turnout for the plebiscite was low, this is not relevant for votes in the United States. It is common for votes to have single-digit turnout, and in the American system, that is not a factor.
Puerto Rico has also formally requested statehood from the U.S. Congress.
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Scott was campaigning in Kissimmee, a town with a large population of people of Puerto Rican heritage. At the rally, Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón endorsed his candidacy, saying, ““Governor Rick Scott has been a consistent leader, supporter and advocate for the Puerto Rican community and for our families both on the island and here in Florida. He made a commitment to help our community even before Hurricane Maria made landfall and has truly followed through.”
Scott responded, “I appreciate Congresswoman González-Colón’s support as we continue to work together on behalf of the Puerto Rican community in Florida and across our nation.”
Puerto Rico’s Governor Rossello has asked Puerto Ricans in the states to vote for those who support statehood for Puerto Rico.