Puerto Rico Becomes Early Primary State
Departing gov enacts law to hold Democratic primary in March
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who said he would resign Friday at 5 p.m., has enacted Senate Bill 1323, to move the date of the Democratic presidential primary held on the island from the first Sunday in June to the last Sunday in March.
“This law intends to bring national attention to Puerto Rico, especially in the upcoming Democratic primaries. Currently, the primary is to be held in June, which reduces the impact we may have. By making Puerto Rico an early-voting state, candidates will be forced to pay attention to our needs,” Rosselló said.
The Republican primaries will continue to be held on the last Sunday in February.
Rosselló stressed that by changing the date of the presidential primary, Puerto Rico “becomes more relevant” as each party elects its presidential nominee.
“This legislative measure provides the opportunity to put Puerto Rico on the radar of potential presidential candidates in the Democratic Party. The candidates will not only pay attention to Puerto Rico but will have to clearly stipulate their positions regarding the issues that affect the island,” Rosselló added.