Hola amigos: The upcoming plebiscite on Puerto Rico’s political status is coming November 6th, 2o12.They are not going to pose the traditional options—free associated state, independence, or statehood. This one is done so you revalidate the present status or reject it: First, voters must choose whether they agree with the current status and then determine which status they would prefer instead of the current one.
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Even if voters say they agree with the current status in the first question, they still have to choose from three options in which the current status is not included. The options are statehood, independence or sovereign free associated state (not the free associated state, but sovereign) . ES
The plebiscite will consist of two questions:
- Do you agree that Puerto Rico should continue to have its present form of territorial status?
- Regardless of your selection in the first question, please mark which of the following non-territorial options would you prefer.
Even if voters say they agree with the current status in the first question, they still have to choose from three options in which the current status is not included. The options offered are statehood, independence or sovereign free associated state. The second question of the plebiscite asks voters to choose a new political status regardless of whether they agree with the current one. Delgado explained that there could be confusion because voters could confuse the option of a sovereign free associated state with the current ELA. “I have no hope that the political status of Puerto Rico will be solved with this plebiscite,” Delgado said. “I don’t believe that. There has not been an adequate education campaign so the people of Puerto Rico can fully understand the alternatives, because that has been up to those who back each formula, and some have more money than others. “In any case, I don’t think the United States—the federal government and the groups of power there—are truly committed to solve the political and constitutional problem in Puerto Rico.” In Puerto Rico, political preference is often divided three ways: those who favor statehood, who identify with the New Progressive Party (PNP); those who favor free association with the United States, who identify with the Popular Democratic Party (PPD); and those who favor independence, who side with the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP). Historically, a very low percentage of voters have supported independence. Statehooders think Puerto Rico should have the same rights as a state, and want the island to become one. Some of those who are pro-ELA think everything should stay as it is, others think the same, except with more rights, such as being able to make decisions when it comes to the merchant navy. Puerto Ricans can serve in the military but cannot vote for president—with the exception of voting in presidential primaries. In addition, although for some exceptions, they pay no federal taxes. They became American citizens in 1917, around the time when the United States declared war on Germany and entered World War I. In every plebiscite held, the current status has won. “The United States has intervened in Puerto Rico in many ways, from television to radio, and the people of Puerto Rico has not had a chance to evaluate other possibilities,” Delgado said.
This plebiscite will be held on November 6
This plebiscite will be held on the same day of the general election in Puerto Rico, Nov. 6. Many, from U.S. senators, to congressmen to leaders of the opposition in the island, have criticized this move. “The New Progressive Party and its leadership understand that it is convenient to attract those in favor of statehood, and then since they’re there [in the voting booth] already, they can vote for their party’s candidate as well, [governor] Luis Fortuño.” Fortuño ran for governor in 2008 with the promise of solving the island’s political status. Delgado said there could be a surprise this year, and the annexationist cause would gain some points in this event. A new poll released this week 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.”