ElectionGudie

Nov. 6, 2012 Held

1,843,552
Voted
Puerto Rico

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

Election for Senado (Puerto Rican Senate)

Results

77%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:1,843,552
Valid Votes:1,830,168
Invalid Votes:13,384

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Popular Democratic Party 18 - 856,484

46.80%

New Progressive Party 8 - 810,825

44.30%

Puerto Rican Independence Party 1 - 46,324

2.53%

Sovereign Union Movement - - 14,357

0.78%

Working People’s Party - - 8,335

0.46%

Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico Party - - 2,868

0.16%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 27 seats in the Senate (Senado)
  • 51 seats in the House of Representatives (Cámara de Representantes)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Barack H. OBAMA
  • Head of Government: Governor Luis FORTUNO
  • 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.

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.

Main parties in the electoral race:

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 3,690,923 (July 2012 )
  • Registered Voters: 2,382,738 (November 2012 )