Boston Court of Appeals decides on PR elections
that that the case be remanded to the PR Supreme Court
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, sitting in Boston, ruled that the U.S. District Court of San Juan did not have jurisdiction over a lawsuit filed by the runner-up in the Nov. 2 election over disputed “double-split ballots.”
Instead it referred the lawsuit to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, which has already ordered that the controversial ballots be recounted in an election saga reminiscent of the Florida vote fiasco of 2000.
The ruling means that Popular Democratic Partycandidate Anibal Acevedo Vila, whose party favors the status quo of the island as a U.S. commonwealth, is likely to become governor after a recount of ballots is completed.
. . . The ruling in Boston does not quite end Puerto Rico’s election saga yet as a recount of all votes is not expected to be completed until around Dec. 23.
See also El Nuevo Dia’s article in Spanish.
Prior posts on the elections: Dec. 14, Dec. 7, Nov. 28, Nov. 23