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Activation of Voters who Abstained in last Elections Demanded

By on February 3, 2016

SAN JUAN – The New Progressive Party (NPP) requested Wednesday that the State Elections Commission (CEE by its Spanish acronym) immediately abide by the decision of the Federal District Court and reactivate voters who did not vote in past elections to comply with the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA).

NPP Electoral Commissioner Jorge Dávila Torres made the request to CEE President Liza García, stressing, among other points that “the CEE has to immediately reactivate the voters who did not vote in the past elections.”

“The president not only has to validate the order by Judge Carmen Consuelo de Cerezo but also the democracy that our federal system provides. To those ends we request [her] to immediately reactivate those voters who became inactive because they did not vote in the past elections,” Dávila Torres said.

He added that in the case of voters who have not voted in two consecutive elections, it is the CEE’s responsibility to notify them so they can reactivate their status as voters at the Permanent Registry Board (JIP by its Spanish acronym). “This way, we guarantee the fundamental right to vote, which is the main mission of the State Elections Commission,” he stated.

In January 2015, the federal court ordered the reactivation of more than 500,000 voters who did not participate in the 2012 elections and which the CEE considered not registered.

“Even though at the time we were in favor and we asked the order to be obeyed, the CEE president decided to appeal the decision,” Dávila Torres said. “Finally, the Court of Appeals in Boston ruled in our favor and reiterated doing justice to the thousands of voters in Puerto Rico. Thus, the CEE has to immediately reactivate the voters who did not vote in the past elections.”

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