|Free Associaton /Independence (Unaffiliated)||1.5%||7,779|
|Current Territorial Status (Unaffiliated)||1.3%||6,821|
With nearly every vote counted, very little change in statehood's percentage. We call the election on Twitter a few hours back, and will have a "what's next" post on Puerto Rico tomorrow morning.
53% of the vote is in and Statehood is winning with 97% still. Turnout is slowly increasing to 23%.
41% of the vote is in and all the numbers are holding up. We can expect 500k+ votes. Statehood still holding up at 97%
20% of the vote is in. Fairly quick reporting for the Elections Commission. Statehood winning with 97%. 22.5% turnout.
It is now 3:00pm in Puerto Rico and polls have closed. With the implementation of electronic tallying in 2016 and the alleged low-turnout, we should start getting results fairly soon.
The three options in the status referendum are: Statehood (supported by the current governing party, the New Progressive Party), Independence/Free Association, and Current Territorial Status. The current status is usual choice of the Popular Democratic Party, who decided to lead a boycott against today's vote.
There are indications that the boycott campaign of the pro-commonwealth (current status) party, the PDP, has been successful, with reports of low turnout island-wide and 30 minutes to go before polls close.
Voters in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico headed to the polls Sunday, in what the ruling party hopes will provide a clear state of intent for the island’s status. The three options: free association and independence, the current status, or statehood. Statehood is expected to win, and if local polling is correct, by a decisive margin.
Congress decides Puerto Rico’s ultimate fate, and has mostly deflected to the Commonwealth’s citizens to make the first clear move. The governing party intends to send five Representatives and two Senators to Washington if the vote breaks their way, “forcing” Congress to address the status issue. This strategy was first employed by Tennessee in 1796, when the territory’s government drafted a constitution and sent a Congressional delegation to the Capitol, demanding statehood.
Polls close at 3pm EDT