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Official Name/Status   All States
 The COMMONWEALTH of Puerto Rico
 Status: unincorporated TERRITORY
 ceded to the United States by SPAIN via Treaty of Paris ending the Spanish-American War, signed 10 December 1898: exchange of ratifications, thus effectiveness of Treaty, 11 April 1899; name officially changed from PORTO RICO by Act of Congress, 17 May 1932
 current COMMONWEALTH Government under own Constitution established, 25 July 1952

Constitutions   All States     Links to State Constitutions
 Enabling Act (of the Congress of the United States): 3 July 1950 [Act of Congress which became law on this date enabled the People of PUERTO RICO to, by referendum, authorize the drafting and adoption of its own Constitution in place of Civil Government (aka Organic) Acts authorized by Congress (these last being the Civil Government Act of [12 April, effective 1 May] 1900 [31 Stat. 77] and the Civil Government Act- aka 'Jones Act'- of [2 March] 1917 [39 Stat. 951])]

Executive Branch   All States
Chief Executive
Successor to a Vacancy
  Secretary of State (1952--) [appointed by the Governor with the consent of both houses of the Legislative Assembly]
Major Executive Officers Elected Statewide   All States   2019 Office holders
  Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Territorial Governor
  Resident Commissioner to the House of Representatives: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

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Incorporated Municipalities  All States

Statutory Election Information   All States
General Election   All States
  (1980--) Tuesday next after first Monday in November in even-numbered years. (The Constitution of Puerto Rico states that the General Election is to be held in November every 4 years, leaving the specific date to be set by law.)
Presidential Primary   All States
  The presidential primary of the Republican Party will be held on the last Sunday of the month of February ... as long as it does not precede or coincide with the celebration of the presidential primary of the State of New Hampshire. If there is such a conflict, the presidential primary will be held on the first Sunday of March. The Democratic Party presidential primary will be held on the first Sunday of June.... [§ 1324.]
State Primary   All States
  (2008-2011) 12 days before Good Friday in the year of the General Election.
  (2011--) Las primarias que tengan que celebrarse bajo las disposiciones de esta Ley tendrán lugar el tercer domingo del mes de marzo del año en que se celebren Elecciones Generales salvo ese domingo sea domingo de ramos o domingo de resurrección en cuyo caso será el segundo domingo de marzo del mismo año. Las primarias serán el primer domingo de marzo si el tercer y segundo domingo de marzo caen en estos días feriados.
The 3rd Sunday in March in years in which general elections are held. If that Sunday is either Palm Sunday or Easter, then the 2nd Sunday in March. If that Sunday is either Palm Sunday or Easter, then the 1st Sunday in March. [Artículo 8.009]
Polling times   All States
  (--2011) Los colegios se abriran a las ocho del la manana hast las tres de la tarde para llevar a cabo la votacion. Polls are open at 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. [Article 5.027]
  (2011--) Los colegios de votación abrirán a las nueve de la mañana (9:00 am) y cerrarán a las cinco de la tarde (5:00 pm). Polling places open at 9 am and close at 5 pm. [Artículo 9.027]

Links  Links to other web sites
Constitution    All States
  Constitution of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Election Authority
  Commonwealth Elections Commission of Puerto Rico / Comisión Estatal de Elecciones de Puerto Rico
  Gobierno de Puerto Rico
  Puerto Rico Electoral Code (in Spanish) (doc format)
Legislature    All States
  Puerto Rico Government
  Partido Popular Democrático (Popular Democratic Party, Official site)
  Puerto Rico Democratic Party; American Airlines Bldg.; 1509 Lopez Landron St., 10th Fl.; San Juan, PR 00911; 787-721-6010
  The Democratic Party of Puerto Rico
  Young Democrats of America Puerto Rico Chapter (Facebook)
Third Party
  Bandera Roja en Línea
  Movimiento Unión Soberanista (¡Porque el País con el que sueñas es posible!)
  MUS - Movimiento Unión Soberanista (Sovereign Union Movement)
  Partido Independentista Puertoriqueño (Puerto Rican Independence Party - Spanish)
Media & others
  Caribbean Business
  El Boricua
  El Nuevo Día
  El Nuevo Día - Política
  El Vocero de Puerto Rico
  Elecciones en Puerto Rico (Español)
  Elections in Puerto Rico (English) - Puerto Rico
  Primera Hora
  Puerto Rico Herald
  Semanario El Expresso de Puerto Rico
  WAPA AM - San Juan
  WAPA TV - San Juan

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