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SAN JUAN - The Chairman of the Democratic Party of Puerto Rico, Charlie Rodríguez, announced the approval of the Rules for the Puerto Rico Democratic Presidential Primary Processes to be held on March 29.
Rodríguez said the local Democratic Party presented the Rules to the president of the Puerto Rico State Commission on Elections, former judge Ernesto Dávila Rivera, who properly approved the selection process of the Democratic Party presidential candidate. The Rules are available on the local Democratic Party’s website www.prdems.org.
The former Senate president reminded every member of the Democratic Party who is not yet registered to vote, that they have until February 18 to register and be included in the voting list for the presidential primary.
Rodríguez also stated that voters who will be outside of Puerto Rico on the day of the primary need to apply for absentee ballot by March 12, 2020. The application form is now available on the State Commission on Elections’ website: www.ceepur.org.
On the other hand, the period for filing an application for district-level delegates was closed on February 8. A total of 210 people submitted applications to be delegates.
Chairman Rodríguez added that of the 11 candidates currently seeking the Democratic Party presidential nomination, only eight received pledged delegate applications.
These are Joseph R. Biden, with 51; Mike Bloomberg with 55; Pete Buttigieg with 25; Tulsi Gabbard, with one; Amy Klobuchar, with three; Bernie Sanders with 65; Elizabeth Warren with eight; and Andrew Yang, with two. Candidates Michael Bennet, Deval Patrick, and Tom Steyer did not receive pledged delegate applications.
Rodríguez anticipates an enthusiastic participation of Democrats in Puerto Rico for the primary, as well as several presidential candidates visits to the island to campaign and make policy commitments.
“This gives us immense bargaining power so that candidates who seek the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the Nation, include Puerto Rico in their plans and priorities. This is the value of American democracy, which allows us as American citizens to insert ourselves with full rights in the nomination process of the next President of the United States”, said Charlie Rodríguez.