Puerto Rico’s governor announced that the U.S. territory overwhelmingly chose statehood on Sunday in a nonbinding referendum held amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus of islanders to the U.S. mainland.
Nearly half a million votes were cast for statehood, about 7,600 for free association/independence and nearly 6,700 for the current territorial status, according to preliminary results. Voter turnout was just 23 percent, leading opponents to question the validity of a vote that several political parties had urged their supporters to boycott.
As a first step to becoming a state, all citizens of Puerto Will now pay FEDERAL INCOME TAXES for the first time. To which millions of Puerto Ricanos screamed NOOOOOOOO and immediately had a second referendum and overturned the first vote.