My latest for NBC Latino
Originally posted on NBC Latino:
A year has passed since Puerto Ricans on the island voted (yet again) in a non-binding plebiscite to determine where they stand on the issue of self-determine and political status. Like a Facebook relationship status, the conclusions from the November 6, 2012 vote were “complicated.”
Did a majority of Puerto Ricans reject its current territorial status with the United States? Yes.
Did these same Puerto Ricans also vote for statehood? Yes and no.
Yes, because those who did vote in the second part of the ballot chose statehood over the other two options: sovereign free association and independence. No, because commonwealth supporters were urged by their party to leave the second part of the ballot blank. Problem is, voting blank wasn’t an option, so who knows what blank votes represent?
One year later, nothing has happened.
Sure, the White House has weighed in, saying that we need to a…
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