Not-So-Super Sunday in Puerto Rico?
Posted on May 30, 2008
After some seriously suspenseful primaries earlier in the year, the general feeling about Sunday’s Democratic presidential primary in Puerto Rico is far less ... energized, let’s say. In fact, local officials are predicting that a substantial percentage of Puerto Rican voters won’t even show up at the polls.
AP via My Way News:
Local elections routinely attract 80 percent of voters. And the Democratic primary is open to all registered voters of whatever party, because Puerto Rico doesn’t register voters by party. Nevertheless, electoral officials predict fewer than 25 percent of the 2.3 million registered voters will turn out for Sunday’s primary.
This, despite the sizable prize of 55 delegates at stake, more than are offered in Montana and South Dakota combined in the last two primaries of the year, on Tuesday.
Islanders typically are reluctant to become entangled in mainland politics and now that most of the suspense is gone, it’s questionable whether the forecast for 500,000 Puerto Ricans to vote will hold up.