Four Delegates to U.S. House Publish Op-Ed, Condemning Disenfranchisement of U.S. Citizens in Territories

The Delegates to the U.S. House from Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands have this op-ed, criticizing the U.S. for depriving citizens who live in overseas territories from voting for President and for a voting member of either house of Congress.
The op-ed also suggests that the almost 1,000,000 Puerto Ricans who now reside in Florida would likely support whichever presidential candidate speaks out about this problem.


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Four Delegates to U.S. House Publish Op-Ed, Condemning Disenfranchisement of U.S. Citizens in Territories — 6 Comments

  1. As they pointed out, a Constitutional amendment would be required. I would much prefer that they get 1 electoral vote each and that their delegates be enabled to vote in the house.
    This would be much better than what was done for the District of Columbia (3 electoral votes and a non-voting delegate).

  2. Uniform definition of Elector in ALL of the U.S.A.

    OR

    For election purposes merge all the non-States into D.C. and deem D.C. to be a State — for Congress and Prez purposes.

    OR Annex Pacific Islands to Hawaii

    Annex PR/VI to Florida or make PR/VI a State or make PR/VI independent.

    Insular stuff has been dangerous and obsolete since VJ Day in 1945.

  3. Most of DC should be retroceded back to Maryland like Virginia was. The remaining District should not have any electoral votes or representation as it was never intended to be a place of permanent residence for anyone. It was and still is a swamp.

  4. DC to Maryland. Give Puerto Rico independence because it’s a drain on our tax dollars. Guam is different from Hawaii, history, ect, and would have to be a separate state. Also,West Virginia is an economic mess and the only chance it has is to be returned to Virginia. (Think East Germany returned to West Germany.) VI statehood. Don’t know about the misc. islands.

  5. Also, Puerto Rico independent except for foreign policy matters. US would run those.

  6. The residents of all US territories are either American citizens or US Nationals (American Samoa). Residents of all the US territories have bravely served in the US Armed forces, with some making the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country. Guam was actually attacked by the Japanese army in WWII.
    To keep them disenfranchised is repugnant to the principles that the flag represents.
    In the case of Puerto Rico, there are about 5 million American citizens of Puerto Rican origin living in the 50 states, and 3.5 million living in Puerto Rico. In 2012, 54% voted against the current territorial status, and 61% voted for statehood. Only 5% voted for outright independence.

    You should look at this video.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CesHr99ezWE

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