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Puerto Rico

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

3,674,209 5

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

2,382,738 77.79%

Registered Voters (as of Nov. 1, 2012)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Governor Governor Head of Government
House of Representatives Cámara de Representantes Lower House
President President Head of State
Senate Senado Upper House

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Barack H. OBAMA *
  • Head of Government: Governor Alejandro Javier GARCIA PADILLA
  • Assembly: Puerto Rico has a bicameral Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa) consisting of the Senate (Senado) with 27 seats and the House of Representatives (Cámara de Representantes) with 51 seats.

* Residents of Puerto Rico do not vote in the elections for President of the United States.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by an electoral college to serve a 4-year term.
  • Governor is elected by plurality vote to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Senate (Senado), 16 members are elected by popular vote to serve 4-year terms and 11 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms*. In the House of Representatives (Cámara de Representantes), 11 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms and 40 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms.**

* 16 members of the Senate are elected by plurality in 8 two-seat constituencies, and 11 members are elected at large. If the minority party elects fewer than 9 Senators, Puerto Rico’s Constitution provides for the enlargement of the body though “add-on” Senators.

** 40 members are elected in single-seat constituencies with a first past the post system and 11 members are elected at large. If the minority party elects fewer than 9 Representatives, Puerto Rico’s constitution provides for the enlargement of the body through the addition of “add-on” Representatives.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Senate 2008-11-04 - 2,458,036 -
House of Representatives 2008-11-04 1,942,973 2,458,036 79.05%
House of Representatives 2012-11-06 1,843,552 2,382,738 77.37%
Referendum 2012-11-06 1,843,552 2,382,738 77.37%
Senate 2012-11-06 1,843,552 2,382,738 77.37%

Voter Turnout