District Court finds that Puerto Rico has the right to vote in Presidential Elections
Tuesday, September 12, 2000
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO
GREGORIO IGARTUA DE LA ROSA, et al.
Civil Case No. 00-1421 (JP)
Pursuant to the Final Opinion and Order entered on this same date, the court hereby:
a.) FINDS that the United States citizens residing in Puerto Rico have the right to vote in Presidential elections and that its electoral votes must be counted in Congress;
b.) FINDS that the Government of Puerto Rico has the obligation to organize the means by which the United States citizens residing in Puerto Rico will vote in the upcoming and subsequent Presidential elections and to provide for the appointment of presidential electors and ORDERS the Government of Puerto Rico to act with all possible expediency to create such mechanism;
c.) ORDERS the Government of Puerto Rico to inform the Court of all developments related to its implementation of the Presidential vote until the votes are counted pursuant to the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution;
d.) DECLARES, ADJUDGES AND DECREES that Plaintiffs' claims against the United States based on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 6 I.L.M. 368 (1967) and Plaintiffs' challenge to the constitutionality of the Uniform and Overseas Citizens' Absentee Voting Act, 42 USC 1973ff are hereby dismissed.
IT IS SO ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED
JAIME PIERAS, JR.