Puerto Rico has voted to become the 51st state in a nonbinding referendum Sunday, according to the Associated Press. Some reports say the low voter turnout shows a lack of support for statehood.
The economic crisis has caused an exodus from the island to the U.S. mainland, making this vote a near-emergency.
Of the nearly half a million votes cast for statehood, more than 7,600 were for free association/independence and nearly 6,700 for the current territorial status, according to preliminary results.
The participation rate was just 23 percent with roughly 2.26 million registered voters, leading opponents to question the validity of a vote. It was boycotted by a number of special interests[…]