The elections in Puerto Rico are still in the news,
with the Federal Appeals Court in Boston hearing arguments on Monday about how thousands of disputed ballots should be handled, as (link in Spanish) demonstrators demonstrated in Boston.
A panel of three judges at the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will decide who has jurisdiction over thousands of disputed ballots: Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court or a U.S. district judge in San Juan. The Boston-based 1st Circuit has jurisdiction over Puerto Rico.
Thousands of the disputed ballots favor Anibal Acevedo Vila of the ruling Popular Democratic Party. Vila, who was at the Hub courthouse yesterday, narrowly beat out former Gov. Pedro Rossello of the New Progressive Party on Nov. 2.
While some reporters say,
The case has intensified the divisions in the U.S. Caribbean territory of 4 million residents who have fought for decades over whether the island should remain a U.S. possession or become the 51st U.S. state. A tiny minority wants independence.
my own feeling is that people in PR have been arguing about the “status” for at least six decades now and that argument is not about to be settled any time soon.