March 7th, 2008
12:06 PM ET
9 years ago

Puerto Rico Democrats look to move up June vote


(CNN) - The Democratic Party of Puerto Rico has submitted a revised plan to the Democratic National Committee that would move its presidential nomination contest from June 7 to June 1.

The proposed plan would also change the contest from caucuses to a primary.

“This is an important mark in the political history of Puerto Rico,” said Roberto Prats, the territory’s Democratic party chairman, according to an account in the Spanish-language paper El Nuevo Dia.

The move would not become official until the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee approves the new plan after a 30-day comment period.

If approved, the shift would make the Montana and South Dakota primaries on June 3 the final Democratic contests of the 2008 primary season, if Michigan and Florida do not hold repeat votes after that date.

A DNC spokeswoman confirms to CNN that the party has received the revised plan, and that the date change is likely to be approved, though official action won’t be taken for at least a month.

There are 55 pledged delegates at stake in Puerto Rico, and 8 superdelegates. Puerto Rico Republicans held their presidential nominating contest on February 24.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. NYC, NY, New Yorker

    All you Obamabot ( Republiocans)

    Grow up Apparently you people don't realize this a presidental race. Obama is no JFK, or RFK.

    March 7, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. NC

    Sounds like a good idea to me. Learning how to do a caucas would require one to read and understand and we know some people are to busy to learn anything new.

    March 7, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Bob G.

    The caucus in Texas was indeed a Farce and very undemocratic!

    Over 2.8 million citizens voted either early or on election day during the primaries.

    The caucuses that were more like circuses will probably (still counting) have about 100,000 or about 3% of the very SAME people who already voted in the primary.

    So 2/3 of the delegates are allocated to 2.8 million votes and 1/3 to less than 100,000 votes. Do the math in the Primary you get 1 delegate for every 223,000 voters and in the Caucus you get 1 delegate for every 1,492 voters. Doubt if BO would have gotten that many delegates if Texas had a Primary system only.

    Something terribly wrong with this system – hopefully Texas will learn and quit using the hybrid Texas 2 step system!

    Good for you Puerto Rico – go for the Primary so that every vote counts!

    March 7, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Louis

    hey Darth Vadik did you also know that PR has more veterans per capita than any of the 50 states in every conflict we ever been in.

    March 7, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. WT

    Can you say Hillary is desperate? She is trying to get to the white house any way she can. With negative attacks and unjust comments against Obama, who has run a magnificent campaing and has not get down to Hillary's level of negatives attacks.

    Of course Hillary prefers primaries over caucuses, as seen in Texas, she did better in the primary than the caucuses. It wouldn't surprise me that she is behind this move to change the caucuses in Puerto Rico, and also behind the moves of trying to get Michigan and Florida back in the contest after they violated the rules.

    For those who think that Puerto Rico shouldn't vote until statehood, then maybe we should not also have Puerto Rican dying in the war defending this US nation. I mean if they are not good enough to vote, they should not be good enough to fight for US. Just a thought!

    March 7, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    This comment is in response to the comment posted by "uchujin" and "yns".

    You are both idiots. Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States. Its people, my people, are citizens of the United States.

    I suggest you both read up on Puerto Rico, its history and its long suffering under US policy before you comment on what rights its people ought to have.

    March 7, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. asdf

    Whether PR or Guam or any other non-state gets to vote in the primary is up to the party. Ask them.

    To the person who said Puerto Ricans want to receive benefits as if they are American citizens, I have news for you: they are American citizens.

    March 7, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. matty

    I'm glad they will move this up and Florida and Michigan too. Talk about buyers remorse, it seems like Obama's campaign is like a comet hurtling towards the earth. GO HILLDOG!

    March 7, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. vl

    Great call, get RID of those STUPID CAUCUSES! I have heard from so many friends about the thugs out in force at caucus states. We really need a consistent way to vote.

    March 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. optimistic

    Viva Puerto Rico!
    Now your votes could be a significant part of the 2008 primary, although it is odd to switch from caucus to primary the last minute.

    March 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Annamica, OH

    Caucuses are not a true representation of a democracy. It's an outdated system that we need to be rid of. Way to go PR!

    Awwww, are the obama supporters afraid Obama can't win without a caucus? LOL..Sorry but the GE will not host caucuses.

    March 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Alex H

    Alright here are your answers for all the ignorant posters here:

    Puerto Rico gets more votes because its... oh I don't know... A COUNTRY (btw... so is Guam in case you forgot), that's 4 million people compared to 500,000 in Wyoming. There are more people there than in many states. There are a lot of democrats in Puerto Rico. On top of that, PR doesn't have a say in who becomes president, only who runs for president. To keep things straight, the RIGHT to vote for who runs for president doesn't exist! You don't have that right you have that PRIVILEGE! You have the right to vote for who BECOMES president. There's a difference here. The primaries and caucuses are privileges for voters of certain political parties. GET IT RIGHT.

    Puerto Rico IS federally taxed as though they are American citizens, their president is our president whether they voted for him or not... guess what... it's not, they have 1 person in Congress representing them and he doesn't have any real power (as he shouldn't since they're not a state) but that is the justification for the US taxing them, and if you think people under those conditions don't have a say in a political party they belong to then you need to get a grip on reality.

    If you've still got a problem, take it up with your conscience.

    March 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Gene

    Why must any thinking human being change the rules of the game because someone is losing. Rules 're rules and should never be reverse. Hillary and Obama all agreed to the rules and they should stick to it. Changing rules in the middle of a game is like robbing paul to pay peter. Americans wake up!!!

    March 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Puerto Rico may not be a state but it is a U.S. territory and is governed by the same government as us (except they have a governer, like all U.S. states), so they very much deserve a say in our presedential elections. The U.S. president is in essence the president for Puerto Ricans, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam...And PR has more delegates than Wyoming because the population of PR is about 4 million, while the population of WY is, what, 600,000? More representation for more people.

    March 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. mary cleveland, ohio

    The reason they don't want caucuses is because Obama wins them and Hillary looses them.

    March 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Lilia, from PA

    HILLARY IS ABOVE THE LAW, and a very POWERFUL INSTIGATOR. She will never stop in her trucks to become the FIRST FAMALE PRESIDENT OF US even if she has to cheet, lie, decive, ETC......

    You Remember the Bill Clinton era?????? Be ready for another 8 more.

    Americans we are known for not having common sense. Even the press seems to forge along with her cheap shots....

    March 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. mbs

    I agree the caucus system should be BANNED in all the states. Voting should be one vote per person in a PRIMARY. This is FAIR and more people get to participate, especially if the states have early voting. Caucuses sound out-dated. We're in the 21st century.

    I also agree with the suggestion that primaries should be held by dividing the country into 4 regions and each region voting on a separate date. This would be less costly and less time consuming for the candidates.


    March 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Joe-Wilmington, DE

    Will it benefit Hillary Clinton? You say it will? Well, then by all means do it!

    This sarcastic comment is brought to you by a disgruntled Democrat who is sick of the usual Democratic party, brain-dead way of doing things.

    Let's just appoint Hillary and watch McCain beat her.

    March 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Austin, Texas

    I'd question any states democracy if they didn't change from a caucus to a primary in 4 years after seeing this years Texas 2 step debacle.

    The only way you could caucus in Texas was if you voted in the primary. You had your registration card stamped, and you had to show that to caucus. So how is it democratic to have 1 person win the primary vote by over 100k votes, but lose the caucus which are the same voters that voted in the primary?

    This is basically saying (O, well those who have the time will have twice as much say in choosing our president as those with less time).

    March 7, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. illinois voter for truth.

    Go Puerto Rico.
    Go Obama for Pres. Not V.P.Obama will not be V.P.
    for Hillary. He has more scruples than that. Just
    read his emmy award winning book entitiled, THE
    AUDACITY OF HOPE" which is the true him. He
    wrote that book long before he ever decided to run
    for Presidency.
    Best Wishes to you in Puerto Rico..............Every one
    of your votes are important!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From caucausian woman of 62 for Obama 2008

    March 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Eric S

    Good. Caucus is just ridiculous. Why not just have a simpler and more democratic form.

    March 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Belle

    A PRIMARY allows for more time for voters....for example...if they work for a living...they can stop by a voting booth and cast their ballot. In Caucas settings, there is a SPECIFIED time. If you are working...too bad for you...that is why so Very few usually are the ones picking the candidate for President.

    Obama fans....Clinton is NOT behind every single thing YOU personally don't like.

    I personally would prefer ONE Primary Election held just like the General Election, but the DNC spaces it out so candidates can campaign in most states, and raise money to do it!

    This has been a campaign that both candidates has "Stretched" the truth about each other, both have raised more money for the campaigns than any other candidates in the HISTORY of the Democratic Party....Both candidates are rallying and exciting the Democratic Voters to come out to vote....what two to one over the Republicans....

    The States the Clinton campaign focused on were states NEEDED to win the Presidency. The Obama Campaign focused on primarily Red states, and he still has NOT won a critical state needed for the Presidency.

    Electoral Votes count in the general election.
    298 Clinton
    194 Obama

    March 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Jermaine

    I ma from the US Virgin Islands, The V.I. went for OBAMA, and also have a huge Puerto rican population. PR govenor has already endorse OBAMA, PR will vote for OBAMA in a landslide. Hillary is trying that Hispanic/Black divisive vote. I have news for her and all her supporter's us islanders stick together, OBAMA is obviously the choice of the world, HILLARY is a MONSTER!

    Also, Puerto rico populations is well over 5 million, Wyoming is 500,000. New Flash, as soon as the commonwealth of PR gets statehood it will have at the minimum 15 Representatives to Congress and the MAX 25. It will be the 22 largest State in population. Imagine a Latin State with so much power, can you see a Puerto Rican President in the next 20 years, I can and I am not dreaming anymore, I am hopeful. Change is in the Air, and the change we seek is not Hillary or MCCAIN it is OBAMA JAN 09 SWEARING IN. PR will take him to 2025 along with the 89 super's who will endorse him in 2 weeks. I HAVE A DREAM THAT OBAMA WILL DEFEAT CLINTON RESOUNDINGLY, SHOULD SHE PULL ANY OTHER STUNTS THE BLACK & PR LATIN VOTE WILL GO IN GREAT NUMBERS TO MCCAIN, JUST AS A SHOW OF FORCE FOR OBAMA. THE MOVEMENT IS NOW, NOVEMBER WILL BE A REVOLUTION!


    March 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Harvey

    Obama is a Dem who is scared of Primarys..he needs indep and Rep to win anything...but in the Gen election they will all vote McCain

    March 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    Primary!! Ca-Ching, for the old Hillstar–way to go Mrs. President.
    More money is coming your way. Let me go get my Visa Card....

    March 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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