Puerto Rico overwhelmingly votes on U.S. statehood in non-binding referendum

The island, a USA territory since 1898, held a non-binding referendum on statehood Sunday, and becoming the 51st state won with 97% of the votes, NBC reports, with 1.3% opting for the status quo and 1.5% choosing independence.

This is the fifth time a non-binding referendum has been put before the island's voters.

Lopez Rivera said last week he would not accept the title of National Freedom Hero organizers first granted him but would instead join the parade as a regular citizen, partly because the focus was too much on him and not enough on the plight of Puerto Rico. Although the U.S. DOJ did not offer any reasons for not certifying the plebiscite, the most likely reason is a dispute over the language of the ballot, which was the subject of a memorandum the DOJ sent to the Governor of Puerto Rico in April.

Senior members of the party said that it would give the movement a huge boost as it sought to persuade Washington that after 119 years of colonisation it was time to bring Puerto Rico on board on an equal footing with the existing 50 states.

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Few expect current U.S. lawmakers to be very enthusiastic about eventual statehood for Puerto Rico. Three of the four political parties that participated in the elections of November 2016 called for a boycott of this plebiscite - which seems to have had a large impact.

Many believe the island's territorial status has contributed to its 10-year economic recession. Puerto Rico's attempt to restructure its debt, a bankruptcy-like proceeding tailor-made for its status as a territory, vastly outpaces similar municipal bankruptcies like Detroit's $18.5 billion Chapter 9 filing in 2013. Puerto Ricans are getting the chance to tell U.S. Congress on Sunday which.

As that crisis continues to worsen, with cuts to pensions and a high cost of living, Suarez said to expect more Puerto Ricans to move to Florida with the hope of a brighter future. In 1992 nearly 2 million Puerto Ricans voted.

Almost half a million Puerto Ricans have moved to the USA mainland in the past decade to find jobs and a more affordable cost of living as the island of 3.4 million people also struggles with a 12 percent unemployment rate.

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Despite the overwhelming vote to join the U.S., nearly 80% of Puerto Rican voters avoided casting a ballot. "If the advocates for statehood for Puerto Rico want to address the results to the U.S. Congress.then the results may appear weak, particularly when five years ago 834,000 voters supported statehood for the island".

"The bad side of it is that we are not a full part of the United States", he told NPR's Greg Allen and Marisa Peñaloza earlier this year.

Those who remain behind have faced new taxes and higher utility bills on an island where food is 22 percent more expensive than the US mainland and public services are 64 percent more expensive.

Sunday's referendum is the fifth for Puerto Rico.

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His party also has noted that the U.S. Justice Department has not backed the referendum. This is in stark contrast to the last plebiscite held in 2012 - in which 1,363,854 people, or 78.19 percent of registered voters, cast a ballot.

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