The voters of Puerto Rico will vote on Sunday, June 11, 2017, whether to seek statehood, or whether Puerto Rico should have a more independent status relative to the United States. Those are the only two options on the ballot. Although Puerto Rico has voted on its status four times previously (1967, 1993, 1998, and 2012) past referendums always included the status quo, Commonwealth status, as a choice. This will be the first time that the status quo is not a ballot choice.
If statehood wins, the Puerto Rico will pass a bill providing for elections of two U.S. Senators and five U.S. House members for later in 2017.
If statehood loses, there will be another referendum in a few months, asking voters to choose between total independence, or status as a free nation associated with the United States. That latter choice might or might not continue to provide that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, and might or might not provide that the U.S. dollar would continue to be Puerto Rico’s currency.
The Governor strongly supports statehood. But if statehood wins, then it would be up to Congress to decide whether to admit Puerto Rico as a state. Thanks to Juan Jose Nolla for this information.