On the island, however, 97 percent of Puerto Ricans “who voted” in the June 11 referendum cast ballots in favor of statehood. Just 1.5 percent voted for complete independence from the U.S. and 1.3 percent were in favor of maintaining the territory’s commonwealth status. Turnout was very low — estimates put it at 23 percent of registered voters — and two of the island’s main parties boycotted the vote, Reuters reported.
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Former New York Rep. Robert Garcia, a founding member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus forced to resign in 1990, has died at age 84.