Could America have 51 states in the near future? Puerto Rico voted for statehood in Sunday’s election, marking the fifth time that the territory has voted on the issue since coming under the jurisdiction of the United States.
Generally, voters have chosen from becoming a state, remaining a territory or declaring independence. While statehood received 97 percent of the vote in Sunday’s special election, the results were skewed because only 23 percent of registered voters showed up to the polls. Voters who supported statehood were there, while those who wanted Puerto Rico to remain a territory or become an independent nation reportedly boycotted the election.
On Monday’s “Pat & Stu,” the guys came up with some creative solutions to Puerto Rico’s statehood problem. Stu Burguiere objected to Puerto Rican statehood only because then we would have 51 states instead of an even 50.
“I think there’s a problem with the ‘round number’ clause in the Constitution,” Stu joked. Instead, the U.S. should add four more states or nine more states, including Puerto Rico, so we could have 55 or 60 states, he asserted. Stu's other brilliant idea was to combine a couple of states. The U.S. could bring in Puerto Rico as a state and then just have “Dakota” to keep it at 50, he declared.