Peter Lee Published on 14 November 2012
Category: English in the News
Mary Ellen Godin / Kimberly Primicerio
My Record Journal
Local professors and scholars of Puerto Rican history are saying not so fast to results of a two-part referendum last week in which voters supported statehood.
Santiago and other academics said the confusing terminology on the two-part ballot led 475,000 people to leave the second question blank.
As a result, the percentage of people who actually voted for statehood is more like 45 percent, and far less than the number of people needed for Congress and the U.S. to take the matter seriously, according to Venator Santiago.
They also worry about loss of language, their flag and even where they fit in the Miss World competitions, Ramos said.
Just days before Election Day, Noel Colon Martinez, a political analyst who once ran for governor under the Puerto Rican Independence party, said the referendum was confusing because it forces people to choose from three options they might not favor.
Colon said whatever the vote’s outcome Congress is unlikely to lend too much attention to the status debate given Puerto Rico’s, “pressing economic, political and social relationship with the U.S.”
Last year the island reported a record of 1,117 killings and a 13.6 unemployment rate.
According to Santiago of UConn, two-thirds of Puerto Ricans identify with a federal political party, about three quarters align themselves with Democrats. Granting the island statehood would probably yield five Democratic representatives and two Democratic senators, a scenario Santiago says is guaranteed to be shot down by the GOP in Congress.
“I can’t imagine Congress initiating the conversation,” he said.
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