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    Official: Puerto Rico Govt Could Collapse If No Steps Taken - ABC News

    Official: Puerto Rico Govt Could Collapse If No Steps Taken - ABC NewsThe administration of Puerto Rico's new governor warned on Tuesday that the U.S. territory government could shut down if dramatic measures to offset the economic crisis aren't taken soon. The warning came as officials released new data provided by the ...

    Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:19:00 GMT

    Puerto Rico Releases Fresh Data, Says Crisis Is More Dire - ABC News

    Puerto Rico Releases Fresh Data, Says Crisis Is More Dire - ABC NewsThe office of Puerto Rico's new governor says new economic data shows the island's economic crisis is even worse than previously believed. The report made public on Tuesday states that the island's Department of Education has a $230 million deficit ...

    Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:35:31 GMT

    Puerto Rico island tackles over-population of horses - Argus Press

    Puerto Rico island tackles over-population of horses - Argus PressIn this Jan. 14, 2016 photo, tourists walk by a horse grazing on the side of the road in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico's tiny Vieques island is famed for its scenery and its free-roaming horses. But there are now so many that officials have joined ...

    Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:06:10 GMT
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    DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Puerto Rico
    State of Puerto Rico Quick Facts
    • Current Population:3,474,182
    Registered Voters

    Total: 2,131,635

    Voting And Elections

    Am I eligible To Vote in Puerto Rico?

    Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Puerto Rico.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

    NO: Puerto Rico does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Puerto Rico?

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

    Election day is a legal holiday in Puerto Rico and most employees have the day off work. Employers running a business in operation on election day, however, must establish shifts allowing employees to go to the polls between 8am and 3pm.

    Puerto Rico State Government

    Puerto Rico Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We, the people of Puerto Rico, in order to organize ourselves politically on a fully democratic basis, to promote the general welfare, and to secure for ourselves and our posterity the complete enjoyment of human rights, placing our trust in Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the commonwealth which, in the exercise of our natural rights, we now create within our union with the United States of America

    The democratic system is fundamental to the life of the Puerto Rican community

    We understand that the democratic system of government is one in which the will of the people is the source of public power, the political order is subordinate to the rights of man, and the free participation of the citizen in collective decisions is assured

    We consider as determining factors in our life our citizenship of the United States of America and our aspiration continually to enrich our democratic heritage in the individual and collective enjoyment of its rights and privileges; our loyalty to the principles of the Federal Constitution; the co-existence in Puerto Rico of the two great cultures of the American Hemisphere; our fervor for education; our faith in justice; our devotion to the courageous, industrious, and peaceful way of life; our fidelity to individual human values above and beyond social position, racial differences, and economic interests; and our hope for a better world based on these principles.

    The Executive Branch
    South view of the Puerto Rico Capitol, home of the Legislative Assembly.

    Executive Power

    The executive power shall be vested in a Governor, who shall be elected by direct vote in each general election

    Puerto Rico Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    South side view of the Puerto Rico State Legislature in en:San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power shall be vested in a Legislative Assembly, which shall consist of two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives, whose members shall be elected by direct vote at each general election.

    The Senate shall be composed of twenty-seven senators.

    House of Representatives of fifty-one Representatives.

    Puerto Rico Legislative Chambers
  • The State House (Elected)
  • The State Senate (Elected)
  • Judicial Branch
    Photograph of the Supreme Court Building

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of Puerto Rico shall be vested in a Supreme Court, and in such other courts as may be established by law.

    The courts of Puerto Rico shall constitute a unified judicial system for purposes of jurisdiction, operation and administration. The Legislative Assembly may create and abolish courts, except for the Supreme Court, in a manner not inconsistent with this Constitution, and shall determine the venue and organization of the courts.

    Puerto Rico Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(51)
    (28)(23)
    State Senators(27)
    (18)(8)(1)
    US Representatives(1)
    (1)
    US Senators(0)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Puerto Rico Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    e shall have the power to proclaim martial law when the public safety requires it in case of rebellion or invasion or imminent danger thereof. The Legislative Assembly shall meet forthwith on their own initiative to ratify or revoke the proclamation.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be Governor unless, on the date of the election, he is at least thirty-five years of age, and is and has been during the preceding five years a citizen of the United States and a citizen and bona fide resident of Puerto Rico.

    Election

    Term of Office

    The Governor shall hold office for the term of four years from the second day of January of the year following his election and until his successor has been elected and qualifies

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

    he is at least thirty-five years of age

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    Qualifications

    Election

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    Qualifications

    Election

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    Qualifications

    Election

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    Qualifications

    Election

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

    Puerto Rico State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body, and the Speaker Pro Tempore is the second-ranking officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include naming all permanent and special commissions of the House, convening special sessions of the House, and residing over all joint commissions, among other responsibilities.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a member of the Legislative Assembly unless he is able to read and write the Spanish or English language and unless he is a citizen of the United States and of Puerto Rico and has resided in Puerto Rico at least two years immediately prior to the date of his election or appointment.

    Election

    There shall also be eleven Senators and eleven Representatives elected at large. No elector may vote for more than one candidate for Senator at Large or for more than one candidate for Representative at Large.

    Term of Office

    Puerto Rico House members are elected every four years].]>

    Salary

    $73,775/year

    Qualification age

    No person shall be a member of the House of Representatives who is not over twenty-five years of age.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The President of the Senate is the highest-ranking official and the presiding officer of the Senate. Article III of the Constitution of Puerto Rico establishes that the Senate will elect a President from among its members.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a member of the Legislative Assembly unless he is able to read and write the Spanish or English language and unless he is a citizen of the United States and of Puerto Rico and has resided in Puerto Rico at least two years immediately prior to the date of his election or appointment.

    Election

    There shall also be eleven Senators and eleven Representatives elected at large. No elector may vote for more than one candidate for Senator at Large or for more than one candidate for Representative at Large.

    Term of Office

    Puerto Rico Senate members are elected every four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Elected officials are not subjected to term limits.

    Salary

    $73,775/year

    Qualification age

    No person shall be a member of the Senate who is not over thirty years of age.

    Puerto Rico State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico —Spanish: Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico (TSPR)— is the highest court of Puerto Rico, having judicial authority to interpret and decide questions of Puerto Rican law.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court unless he is a citizen of the United States and of Puerto Rico, shall have been admitted to the practice of law in Puerto Rico at least ten years prior to his appointment, and shall have resided in Puerto Rico at least five years immediately prior thereto.

    Election

    The justices (currently nine) are appointed by the Governor of Puerto Rico.

    Term of Office

    The justices of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court do not serve for life.

    Limit on Tenure

    Retirement shall be compulsory at the age of seventy.

    Salary

    Qualification age

    The Superior Court
    Authority

    Qualifications

    Election

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

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