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    Posted June 20, 2015 by
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    Voting rights of United States citizens in Puerto Rico, like the voting rights of residents of other United States territories, differ from those of United States citizens in each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia. Residents of Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories do not have voting representation in the United States Congress, and are not entitled to electoral votes for President...???

    of the U.S. island territories, including Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

    As Oliver points out, the populations of these territories are mostly minorities, and the original rationale for denying them equal voting rights was racist: It called them “alien races” who don’t understand “Anglo-Saxon principles.” Even Justice Henry Billings Brown, the man who wrote the famous “separate but equal” decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, suggested this thinking should only stand “for a time.”

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