Vote review of Puerto Rico status referendum begins
SAN JUAN — The Puerto Rico State Elections Commission (CEE by its Spanish initials) was starting Monday its general vote count of the results of the June 11 political-status referendum.
New Progressive Party (NPP) Electoral Commissioner Norma Burgos explained that 60 tables, headed by CEE officials, will be used for the vote count, and that each of the parties represented will have 20 table directors in order to carry out a balanced count.
CEE President Liza García Vélez designated the commission’s former president, César Vázquez, as general director of the vote count. The process’ deputy director is José A. Bravo, and there is a general supervisor and one line supervisor for every 10 tables, for each of the three status alternatives.
With 99% of counted votes, statehood received 500,801 votes (97.18%), independence / free association 7,786 (1.5%), and the current territorial status 6,823 (1.32%), with 23% of voter participation in a population of 2,260,394 voters.