Julia Torres
Julia Torres

Please sign my petition seeking to secure the presidential vote for our fellow American citizens claiming residency on the island of Puerto Rico. The time has come to cease the disenfranchisement of more than 2 million eligible voters (already legal American citizens!) who cannot currently vote for their own Commander in Chief. Please also contact your member of Congress at (202) 224-3121 to urge acknowledgement of this petition effort and to request that they grant equal voting rights to...

Please sign my petition seeking to secure the presidential vote for our fellow American citizens claiming residency on the island of Puerto Rico. The time has come to cease the disenfranchisement of more than 2 million eligible voters (already legal American citizens!) who cannot currently vote for their own Commander in Chief. Please also contact your member of Congress at (202) 224-3121 to urge acknowledgement of this petition effort and to request that they grant equal voting rights to all Americans! God Bless America. Thank you. NEWYORICANGIRL

Carolyn Gloucester Valentine
Carolyn Gloucester Valentine
  • Julia Torres

perhaps U need to add to this, sign the petition for voting rights and for statehood for PR. I signed it thinking statehood for PR was in this.

Julia Torres
Julia Torres
  • Julia Torres

Hi! Thank you for the feedback. My petition is dedicated only to the creation of an amendment which would grant American citizens claiming residency in P.R. the right to vote for President of the United States. My family in Puerto Rico has raised me to respect their belief that I shouldn't speak out about statehood because I don't live there and it is a self-determination issue. BUT, they are very happy with what I'm doing here! Thanks for your support. I'd be grateful if you'd please share my petition. NEWYORICANGIRL.COM

Julia Torres
Julia Torres
  • Julia Torres

Okay, deal. But, please be nice, Quico. Any positive attention we can bring to the disenfranchisement of our people and our island is a good thing and that's what I'm trying to do here. Let's work together, okay? :)

Maria Rosario
Maria Rosario
  • Julia Torres

Listen if the United States had wanted statehood for PR a l9ng time ago it would of happened,, so forget this ,, Descolonization is a must... Everything else comes second.

Maria Rosario
Maria Rosario
  • Julia Torres

Second class American citizens,,, look at the font head lines, Julia,, You throw words around with out regards to the meanings,, sorry to sit on your face, the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DOES NOT WANT PUERTO RICO AS A STATE1 Got it??

Stephanie De Ayala-Larragoiti
Stephanie De Ayala-Larragoiti
  • Julia Torres

Julia Torres I think this is a self determination issue. However, there are Puerto Ricans in the US. basically stuck in limbo who take a strong stance for or against based upon our experiences. Some just choose to keep quiet because of unwanted attention and discrimination either way (from their own fellow PRs or USA locals). This is my opinion. Your mother is a wise woman. I do choose to say that I do not think PR should be a state at this time but this is based upon my own...

Julia Torres I think this is a self determination issue. However, there are Puerto Ricans in the US. basically stuck in limbo who take a strong stance for or against based upon our experiences. Some just choose to keep quiet because of unwanted attention and discrimination either way (from their own fellow PRs or USA locals). This is my opinion. Your mother is a wise woman. I do choose to say that I do not think PR should be a state at this time but this is based upon my own experiences. Thus I agree that it is something that should be left to a vote for all Puerto Ricans born in PR or PR residents of PR.

Chloe Belle De Vil
Chloe Belle De Vil
  • Julia Torres

Carolyn if Puerto Rico becomes a State read the real story behind Hawaii. Hawaii became a State by Military Invasion. I never ever want to see Puerto Rico as a State. It will lose all it's culture. Hawaii is an ILLEGAL State brought in my Military Brute Force.

Angel R. Rivera
Angel R. Rivera
  • Julia Torres

You cannot have a presidential vote in a US territory, its unconstitutional. Sorry to tell you but you are misguided.

Julia Torres
Julia Torres
  • Julia Torres

The 23rd Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution to accommodate the residents of the District of Columbia so they could vote for President of the United States. They are not a state. So, why shouldn't we be asking the U.S. Congress to debate a 28th Amendment allowing EVERY American citizen - regardless of where they live - from voting?

Denise Giuliano
Denise Giuliano

Fuck. Them, they get welfare,methadone,they can't even speak. English, no education,in

Lani Nunyabiznez Esau
Lani Nunyabiznez Esau
  • Denise Giuliano

It doesn't take much education to be prejudice against others, or to cuss others out, and the way you write, you don't seem to know much about the English language yourself.

Denise Giuliano
Denise Giuliano
  • Denise Giuliano

You can't dress yourself' I am older I've been every where, 1st the U.S asked PR to become a state,they said. No thanks you fixed PR we want to be by our selfs !

Denise Giuliano
Denise Giuliano
  • Denise Giuliano

I LOVE they become a state, but PR wants to be by themselves!

Denise Giuliano
Denise Giuliano
  • Denise Giuliano

Good night and have a better tomorrow! FRANK n

Susana Rodriguez
Susana Rodriguez
  • Denise Giuliano

Denise Puerto Rico does not have welfare that's subsidized by the federal government. We speak English and have been part of this country since before you family probably got here (1898). We have fought in every war since and lost the most men to Vietnam when compared to other states. With regard to being older I am not that young either Denise hand have traveled all over the US and the world. For your information half of the country voted yes this time. The US is not prepared to take...

Denise Puerto Rico does not have welfare that's subsidized by the federal government. We speak English and have been part of this country since before you family probably got here (1898). We have fought in every war since and lost the most men to Vietnam when compared to other states. With regard to being older I am not that young either Denise hand have traveled all over the US and the world. For your information half of the country voted yes this time. The US is not prepared to take such a huge undertaking at the moment and are trying to figure it out. You really need to educate yourself.

Lani Nunyabiznez Esau
Lani Nunyabiznez Esau
  • Denise Giuliano

Thank You Susanna, I am not trying to be rude to Denise but none of us have a right to put down a whole culture of people and its close to my heart because I grew up with a lot of Puerto Ricans and As a whole they are beautiful, hardworking people that make you feel like family no matter what race you are. I love all people unless they give me reasons not to. There is plenty of people that are uneducated, lazy, on welfare, on methadone doing drugs around their kids, Cooking Meth in their...

Thank You Susanna, I am not trying to be rude to Denise but none of us have a right to put down a whole culture of people and its close to my heart because I grew up with a lot of Puerto Ricans and As a whole they are beautiful, hardworking people that make you feel like family no matter what race you are. I love all people unless they give me reasons not to. There is plenty of people that are uneducated, lazy, on welfare, on methadone doing drugs around their kids, Cooking Meth in their houses with their kids in their houses breathing in the poison and most of them around this part of the country are white. I'm originally from NY so I have been around all people and there is good and bad in all. People that are ignorant like her really get under my skin.

Nelson Martinez Candelario
Nelson Martinez Candelario
  • Denise Giuliano

iTALIANO DE MIERDA TU MADRE VINO DE ITALIA CON PULGAS , TUVIERON QUE ECHARLES AGUA CALIENTE EN STATE ISLA, PR TIENE MAS ESTUDIANTES EN las UNIVERSIDADES QUE USA%, y el 80 % no habla english por resitencia NACIONAL , SOMOS Y SEREMOS UNA NACION LATINOAMERICANA , Y EL WELFARE , LAS ARMAS Y LA PORQUERIA DE DROGAS VIENE DE USA,EL WLFARE LO TRAJERON PARA PODERNOS TENERNOS DOMINADOS, USA ES EL MAS GRANDE CONSUMIDOR DE DROGAS Y LOS ITALIANOS LA MAS CONOCIDOS MAFIOSOS Y LADRONES DEL MUNDO.

EN...

iTALIANO DE MIERDA TU MADRE VINO DE ITALIA CON PULGAS , TUVIERON QUE ECHARLES AGUA CALIENTE EN STATE ISLA, PR TIENE MAS ESTUDIANTES EN las UNIVERSIDADES QUE USA%, y el 80 % no habla english por resitencia NACIONAL , SOMOS Y SEREMOS UNA NACION LATINOAMERICANA , Y EL WELFARE , LAS ARMAS Y LA PORQUERIA DE DROGAS VIENE DE USA,EL WLFARE LO TRAJERON PARA PODERNOS TENERNOS DOMINADOS, USA ES EL MAS GRANDE CONSUMIDOR DE DROGAS Y LOS ITALIANOS LA MAS CONOCIDOS MAFIOSOS Y LADRONES DEL MUNDO.

EN SU PAIS DE ORIGEN LE QUITAN LOS PANTIES SIN DARSE CUENTA A LOS TURISTA! POR LO TANTO GIULIANO DI EH TUTTI VOI SIETE MEMBRI DI UNA TRIBU NORD AMERICA!TU MI PAESE E DOMIONATO DA"'economia della droga edella mafia ITALIANA1

Denise Giuliano
Denise Giuliano
  • Denise Giuliano

I am the person who co writes on Denise f/b My name is frank I am married 18 yrs AUG. Well I am. Very sorry if I. Hurt any P.R. Feelings, I was in Vietnam , yes there were a lot of P.R. Troops they did Fight against the Vietcong and died for this country! I Stand and salute each and every. Troop that died in vain for a people's who we could not trust . Plus my grandaughter is 1/2 P.R. I am truly sorry.

Ana Montañez
Ana Montañez
  • Denise Giuliano

To much information ,just delete it and for get about it.

Doris Cardona
Doris Cardona
  • Denise Giuliano

Denise G......Spanish is the language in PR although the majority of the people speak English it's not mandatory. Whatever help they get from the government they deserve it. After all, they shed their blood, limbs and loose their lives for your freedom and mine. Deal with it.

Wiyaka Davis
Wiyaka Davis

No Citizen, of any Country, should be prevented from voting. This is simply another way of controlling the vote.

Kenneth Paul Russell
Kenneth Paul Russell
  • Wiyaka Davis

Of course we have to control the vote! We are Americans who have the privilege to vote ! It's our responsibility to keep that "Vote" for the citizens of this nation. Why would we want some other nation telling us how to run our government!? Who has the right to decide what political policies we will, or will not accept? Only American citizens, ( without any other allegiance to any other country, should be allowed to Vote. )

Julia Torres
Julia Torres
  • Wiyaka Davis

Ken, Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship in 1917 by the U.S. Congress. Thus, we do not have an allegiance to any other country.

Agustin Colon
Agustin Colon
  • Wiyaka Davis

WE ARE AMERICAN CITIZEN

Serina Harvey
Serina Harvey

Are they going to start paying taxes too? You should be happy that you aren't a full state.

Eduardo Altoran
Eduardo Altoran
  • Serina Harvey

Why USA get independent from England ?

Serina Harvey
Serina Harvey
  • Serina Harvey

So they didn't have to pay taxes. Same reason why Puerto Rico should be happy they aren't a full state.

Audrey Mayfield Fodor
Audrey Mayfield Fodor
  • Serina Harvey

AGAIN WE SIT IN JUDGEMENT.PUERTO RICO IS A LEGITIMATE POSSESION OF THE US-WHERE'S THE PROBLEM? I WAS BRUTALLY ATTACKED BY SOMEONE OF ANOTHER RACE YET I HOLD NO ANIMOSITY OF COURSE JUST TO THE PERSON WHO DID IT ANYWAY CONCENTRATE AND PERHAPS WE CAN SETTLE THIS IN THIS ENLIGHTENED COUNTRY!!!!!

Frank Geopfert
Frank Geopfert

Normally I am all for helping people keep their rights but on this issue I have to say no. If you want to be able to enjoy all of the benefits of being a US citizen then become a state. Its really a very simple thing to comprehend. You cant be half in and half out. Instead of this you should be voting on wheither you become a state or go your own way entirely

Julia Torres
Julia Torres
  • Frank Geopfert

Military personnel who claim residency in Puerto Rico - Puerto Rican or not - must forfeit their right to vote for their own Commander in Chief. As a military man, does that seem fair to you? How about people who are stationed all over the world and have access to absentee ballots to vote for their President? They're not actually living in a "state" but, as Americans, are allowed to vote. My petition has nothing to do with the Puerto Rico statehood issue. Rather, I see this as a U.S....

Military personnel who claim residency in Puerto Rico - Puerto Rican or not - must forfeit their right to vote for their own Commander in Chief. As a military man, does that seem fair to you? How about people who are stationed all over the world and have access to absentee ballots to vote for their President? They're not actually living in a "state" but, as Americans, are allowed to vote. My petition has nothing to do with the Puerto Rico statehood issue. Rather, I see this as a U.S. Constitution issue regarding equal voting rights for all American citizens.

Frank Geopfert
Frank Geopfert
  • Frank Geopfert

Actually it is. You want to vote for president, become a state with all of the rights and responsibilities thereof. It wouldnt matter if you could vote for president since your trritory has no electoral votes. No electoral votes, no presidential vote. As a veteran, I was stationed overseas and got to vote because my vote was assigned to my state of residency's electoral vote. All puerto rican military member need do is change their home of record which is an extremly easy thing to do. ...

Actually it is. You want to vote for president, become a state with all of the rights and responsibilities thereof. It wouldnt matter if you could vote for president since your trritory has no electoral votes. No electoral votes, no presidential vote. As a veteran, I was stationed overseas and got to vote because my vote was assigned to my state of residency's electoral vote. All puerto rican military member need do is change their home of record which is an extremly easy thing to do. Voting for president is a privilege of statehood. You want the privilege, become a state. Its a simple issue

Anne Haehl
Anne Haehl

Well, again, there's this problem called the constitution. The constitution says that the electors for President and Vice President will be chosen by the several states. As long as Puerto Rico is not a state, neither the President nor the legislature can give them voting rights.

Julia Torres
Julia Torres
  • Anne Haehl

The Constitution also has the 23rd Amendment allowing residents of the District of Columbia to vote even though they are NOT A STATE either! The Constitution must apply equally and fairly to all legal American citizens. Thank you for your consideration.

Anne Haehl
Anne Haehl
  • Anne Haehl

Yes, the constitution could be changed. Has been, many times. But the President and congress can't just do it. That's why I said the legislature can't just give them voting rights. But an amendment could be proposed and, if approved by the states, could be put into effect.

Lucas Luis Vega
Lucas Luis Vega
  • Anne Haehl

Washington, DC is not a state, yet they can vote for the president, although they have no representation. These are things that should be fixed.

Lani Nunyabiznez Esau
Lani Nunyabiznez Esau

It makes no sense Puerto Rican/ American citizens can fight and die for our country but are denied the right to vote? Where's the justice there?

Susana Rodriguez
Susana Rodriguez
  • Lani Nunyabiznez Esau

We are not denied to vote on the mainland. Currently we don't pay Federal Taxes in Puerto Rico but received Federal Aid and Tuition aid. We have also been asked to vote for statehood and deny each time. The blame is on us...we either vote for state hood or independence not this hybrid.

Lucas Luis Vega
Lucas Luis Vega
  • Lani Nunyabiznez Esau

It is a falacy that we do not pay federal taxes in Puerto Rico. I am retired military and VA employee and pay federal taxes. Not everyone pays, but because of that, we do not receive equal federal funding as the states do.

Vicky Rodriguez
Vicky Rodriguez
  • Lani Nunyabiznez Esau

You live in one of the states, of course you're going to pay federal taxes, so do I in PA. But if you move to PR you'll only pay sales tax and state tax. I love my island but the life situation is unbearable!

Mike Wadas
Mike Wadas

...are you willing to start paying federal income tax in exchange for the right to vote?

Julia Torres
Julia Torres
  • Mike Wadas

Yes. Especially since there are 50% of Americans living on the mainland who don't pay taxes (loopholes, poverty) who still get to vote for President. Residents of Puerto Rico already do pay taxes but, even if they didn't, my point is that ALL Americans should have equal voting rights...

Mike Wadas
Mike Wadas
  • Mike Wadas

...and equal protection under the U.S. Constitution....at least we can't blame Puerto Rico for the present situation we are in. Even with the wealth of information we can get from the internet i.e. voting records, candid caught on tape/Youtube uploads...we are still voting blind. We need to focus on our economy, and foreign policy, and stop covering them up with social issues.

Ri DeCarlo
Ri DeCarlo
  • Mike Wadas

Correct Mike Wadas, they are already paying every other tax, so just add the Federal tax and bring this commonwealth into State recognition, and problem solved. Not sure how Washington, D.C. isn't a state, yet they are allowed to vote? All very confusing, eh? lol..

Julia Torres
Julia Torres
  • Mike Wadas

Exactly! Why was the 23rd Amendment added to the U.S. Constitution for the benefit of D.C. residents being granted full voting rights but they won't do the same thing for Puerto Rico? That's EXACTLY what my petition is asking the U.S. Congress to consider...

Mark Penrose
Mark Penrose

I will be removing my signature. I firmly believe only American citizens should have the right to vote in Presidential elections. I, like the previous comment, thought this was for Statehood. There are more pressing issues that could use a Consitiutional amendment to solve.

Susana Rodriguez
Susana Rodriguez
  • Mark Penrose

Mark we are American citizens since 1898. If we move to another state we can vote for the President that's why we can also be drafted. It's the statehood issue that needs to be resolved.

Mark Penrose
Mark Penrose
  • Mark Penrose

Become a state, pay taxes to the US and I would heave no issue.

Julia Torres
Julia Torres
  • Mark Penrose

Puerto Ricans ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS! That's the problem!! Just like the 23rd Amendment that was created for the District of Columbia (which is also NOT a state!), I am advocating for the belief that ALL LEGAL American citizens should be granted the right to vote for their Commander in Chief no matter where they live. Thank you for your consideration.

Julia Torres
Julia Torres
  • Mark Penrose

And, Puerto Ricans DO PAY TAXES! :)

Benny Cataquet
Benny Cataquet
  • Mark Penrose

Susana Rodriguez Since 1917 we're american citizen.

Vicky Rodriguez
Vicky Rodriguez
  • Mark Penrose

Mark Penrose, the people of Puerto Rico are US CITIZENS since 1898!
Julia Torres, Puerto Rico no paga taxes FEDERALES!
Si PR se convirtiera en estado entonces tendriamos que pagar taxes federales, estatales (ya lo hacemos) y locales (por vivir o trabar en cierto municipio, NO es lo mismo que los taxes por ventas)

John Dodds
John Dodds

It seems to me that Puerto Ricans do not vote in any U.S. election! Right, now Julia Torres wants that P.R.s be allowed to vote for a U.S. President. Surely Puerto ricans should be involved in State voting first before going for the "Big One!" If this means becoming a U.S.State then ask the Peurto Ricans if they want it! This is from a British point of view without an Axe to grind!

Ri DeCarlo
Ri DeCarlo
  • John Dodds

ahh, but you're wrong, they DO vote, just not for President.

See more comments…