Puerto Rico to vote on statehood Sunday

Puerto Rico currently has more than $70 billion in outstanding debt.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The United States will have to add another star to the American Flag if Puerto Rico becomes the 51st state.

Since 1917, Puerto Rico residents have been U.S. citizens, but haven’t been able to vote in presidential elections.

Citizens will vote on Sunday as to whether the U.S. Commonwealth should become a state.

Reina Jewell, who has family in Puerto Rico, told 22News that the island becoming a state is long overdue.

“I think that’s awesome, because everyone has a voice and everyone should have an opportunity to for what they want,” Jewell said. “And if they can’t vote, what is the point of them being a part of the United States.”

Puerto Rico has been struggling financially for some time. The island currently has more than $70 billion in outstanding debt.

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