For many voters this Election Day, it’s a battle between President Obama and Mitt Romney, but in Puerto Rico, people are voting to decide if the U.S. territory should petition Congress for statehood or leave completely.
Currently, the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is under American sovereignty. However, Puerto Ricans do not get to vote in the U.S. election, although they do vote in the primaries, reports Russia Today.
When Puerto Ricans go to the polls today, they have the option of voting if they want to stop being a commonwealth of the U.S. and, if so, choose: U.S. statehood, independence or sovereign free association.
A poll conducted by Asisa Research Group reports that 47.9 percent of Puerto Ricans want U.S. statehood, as opposed to independence or sovereignty.
If Puerto Ricans vote for statehood, the country will get about $20 billion in additional federal funding from Washington D.C. and representation in Congress.
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However, the downside is Puerto Ricans would have to start paying federal income tax.