What to know about the U.S. territories and the 2024 election

(17 Apr 2024)
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ARCHIVE: San Juan, Puerto Rico – 4 June 2022
1. Puerto Rican capitol building
2. Puerto Rican flag flying
3. Various of U.S. and Puerto Rican officials and audience during public hearing
 
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Washington – 17 April 2023
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press:
“If you live in a U.S. territory such as American Samoa, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands or Puerto Rico, you cannot vote in the election for president in November. However, you can vote in primaries and caucuses during the nominating contest. Both Republicans and Democrats allow you to take part in the process of nominating presidential candidates. All of the territories send delegates to the national convention in the summer.”
 
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Pago Pago, American Samoa – July 2022
5. STILL of sailing ship in harbor
 
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Hagatna, Guam – 6 May 2019
6. STILL of canoe in water
 
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St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – 21 November 2007
7. STILL of man walking up stairs
 
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Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands – 8 August 2015
8. STILL of a young girl working on home
 
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Arecibo, Puerto Rico – 29 February 2024
9. Surfers holding Puerto Rican flag
 
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Washington – 17 April 2023
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press:
“However, the political parties have a lot of leeway in how they choose their nominees. In fact, under the Constitution, the courts have ruled that the parties have a big say in how they choose their candidates for president.”
 
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ARCHIVE: San Juan, Puerto Rico – 3 November 2020
11. Voting sign
12. Long line of voters waiting to vote
13. Voters hover outside voting area
14. Voters voting in booths
 
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Washington – 17 April 2023
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press:
“So, if you live in a U.S. territory, such as Puerto Rico, for the general election in November you can vote for a person who will be a non-voting member of Congress. This is very similar to what we have in the District of Columbia. They’re called delegates. And so, they can sit on committees and they can take part in debate, but they do not have a vote when it comes to passing laws in the United States.”
 
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ARCHIVE: Carolina, Puerto Rico – 18 October 2020
16. Trump supporters drive cars to event
17. Trump supporters wearing masks
 
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Washington – 17 April 2023
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press:
“Well, the parties want to be popular in the territories in large part because if you are a resident of a U.S. territory, you can move to United States. You don’t need a passport. You don’t need a visa. You are a U.S. citizen. And when you move to the United States, you can vote. So, if you want to be popular in Puerto Rico, because there are a lot of people from Puerto Rico who live in the United States and will vote in the November election. So, the parties really want to make sure that they have connections to folks who are living in the territories. They have relatives who are in the United States. They may move to the United States themselves.”
 
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ARCHIVE: Orange County, Florida – 18 October 2022
19. Various of rally and caravan organized by the Orange County Democratic Party, where Puerto Ricans participated
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However, they can vote in primaries and caucuses during the nominating contest.

 
 
 

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