The US might be adding an extra star to the flag as Puerto Rico heads to the polls on Sunday to vote on statehood. The last territory to do this was Hawaii in 1959. With 3.5 million citizens and no Representation in Congress, many in the US are saying that it is about time. But there are many reasons to be wary.
Puerto Rico is a very left leaning place (some would say verging on communist), and it could upset the delicate balance of power that sees the Houses switch from Republican to Democrat.
But what do most Americans think of the idea? Do they want a new State and an extra few million citizens? This shouldn’t be a decision that rests solely in the hands of politicians, but one that is put directly to the people in a referendum.
According to Youngcons:
On Sunday, Puerto Ricans are going to the polls to decide again on the issue of statehood.
Officially a territory, the island doesn’t have any voting representation in Congress. But if a statehood referendum passes, it could dramatically alter the balance of power in Washington.
A heavily leftist territory, making Puerto Rico a state could mean two Democratic Senators and five Democratic House members added to Congress. Puerto Rico is home to 3.5 million Americans.