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Puerto Rico To Become 51st US State

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Puerto Rico votes in favor of statehood

Puerto Rico voted overwhelmingly in favor of statehood on Sunday in a referendum that begins the steps toward sending representatives to Washington, D.C.
According to the Wall Street Journal, 97 percent voted for statehood, though turnout was only about 23 percent. One and a half percent voted for independence from the United States, according to Decision Desk HQ, while 1.3 percent voted to keep the current status of a territory of the United States.
 
Puerto Rico will now put its "Tennessee plan" into action, meaning its governor will choose two senators and five representatives to go to Washington, D.C., to request statehood. 
President Trump signaled during his presidential campaign that he is open to Puerto Rico officially becoming a state.
Puerto Rico previously voted in favor of becoming a state in 2012, but statehood opponents said the voter turnout was not high enough to accurately reflect will of the Puerto Rican people. Some fear that they will make the same case this time around.

I have a feeling it'll pass this time around. This would be a win for Trump, after all— in a time when it feels like America is breaking in half, what better motion to make than inaugurating a brand new state after about 58 years?

 

If this fails, then obviously a new referendum would be held sooner or later.


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23%- that's an absolutely abysmal voter turnout. Considering that 97% were in favour of statehood, I'm guessing most of those opposed to it stayed home. You could probably say that this doesn't represent the will of most of the Puerto Rican electorate. 

 

That said, it would be pretty cool to see the US add another state- definitely not something I thought would happen in the modern era. Who knows, perhaps given Puerto Rico's current economic situation, they could actually join the US this time.



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But the flag looks so nice like this. Dangit we need to get at least 4 more new states on board to even it out.


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But the flag looks so nice like this. Dangit we need to get at least 4 more new states on board to even it out.

 

 

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A 51 star flag looks fine to me...


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Just freaking do it already! 2012 it had 72% turnout and passed.

 

The goddamn party that wanted to stay as is boycotted this election...Well, that is too dam bad for them as staying out shouldn't mean that the results are void. fuck em.



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...we need to get at least 4 more new states on board to even it out.

 

Here they are, your four new stars:

 

Samoa

 

Guam

 

Northern Mariana Islands

 

Virgin Islands


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...we need to get at least 4 more new states on board to even it out.

 

Here they are, your four new stars:

 

Samoa

 

Guam

 

Northern Mariana Islands

 

Virgin Islands

 

I dunno, that would be a lot of states with majority non-white populations, i'm not sure the US right is ready for that. The Virgin islands have a majority African American population, surely a lot of them might vote democrat! Much better to just keep them as second class citizens. 



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This is trippy. I've grown up always associating the USA with 50 states. Now that it will be 51 is weird. Nonetheless seems reasonable enough.
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Its like when I'm turning the volume up or down, it must always end on a number divisible by 5. Am I weird here or do other do this?


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I can't see it happening. 23% of voters is not enough, there will be too much opposition both from the island and the states. 



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Yeah, they'd need 60+% of the population to vote for statehood, then congress would be forced to allow it or provide a good reason why not. For now Congress can just say "talk to us when the majority of Puerto Ricans want statehood",

 

It would need to wait for a democrat controlled congress too, as they would apparently be a strong Democrat state. 



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