Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced this evening that the Puerto Rican government would proceed with the June 11th plebiscite despite the refusal of the U.S. Department of Justice to authorize the ballot without giving voters the option to remain a U.S. territory.
“It is unacceptable to include the colony in a process to decolonize [Puerto Rico],” tweeted the governor upon hearing the news late in the afternoon.
Governor Rosselló met with Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzales-Colon, Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz, and House Majority Leader Carlos J. “Johnny” Méndez Núñez to discuss their response to the U.S. Department of Justice ruling. The leaders reached an agreement to amend the plebiscite local law to comply with the federal position.
Despite the request of eight U.S. Senators to include a “Commonwealth” option on the ballot, the Justice Department did not conclude that “Commonwealth” was a valid ballot option for the upcoming plebiscite.
“There are no excuses. Let’s go to the Plebiscite,” tweeted Governor Rosselló.