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Sat Apr 22, 2017, 02:46 AM

Puerto Rico's Three Status Options

In 2014, the U.S. government approved funding for a new status vote in Puerto Rico — if the U.S. Department of Justice agreed that the options on the ballot were constitutional.

A proposal was made for an up or down vote on statehood for Puerto Rico, a vote like the ones Hawaii and Alaska held in the 1950s. Then a ballot was developed that offered a choice between the two non-territorial options consistent with the U.S. constitution: statehood and independence. Independence could include a compact of free association or not.

The Department of Justice rejected that ballot for two primary reasons: first, they indicated that continuing as a territory is a viable option under the constitution; and second, they thought the description of free association might sound like “enhanced commonwealth.”
The Status Options

For many years, Puerto Rico has had three status options:

  • Continue as a territory.

  • Become an independent nation.

  • Become a state.


  • Read more: http://www.puertoricoreport.com/puerto-ricos-three-status-options/#.WPr63Ge1vRY

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    Rhiannon12866 Apr 2017 #1

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    Sat Apr 22, 2017, 04:03 AM

    1. This certainly sounds like there would be clear advantages as a state

    But what would we do with all those flags??

    And this would never happen as long as we're stuck with Trump.

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