The few Puerto Ricans that went to the polls last Sunday voted overwhelmingly to become the 51st state.
However, it’s not likely to happen anytime soon – or perhaps never.
According to Reuters, only 23 percent of the nation’s voters went to the polls. Of those, 97 percent voted in favor of statehood.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello tried to put a good spin on the low turnout.
From today going forward, the Federal government will no longer be able to ignore the voice of the majority of the American citizens in Puerto Rico.
It would be highly contradictory for Washington to demand democracy in other parts of the world, and NOT respond to the legitimate right to self-determination that was exercised today in the American territory of Puerto Rico.
— Gov. Ricardo Rossello
There is little enthusiasm in Washington to push for statehood, however. The island is $70 billion in debt, and a 45% poverty level and the American public has little interest in assuming those liabilities.