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Area: 8,959 sq km (3,459 sq miles) | Population: 3.9 million (via UN, 2006)
Capital City: San Juan
 
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Overview of Electoral System
Here, we provide an overview of the electoral system in the country. Additional information may be found in the Country Browser.
Head of State President of the United States of America elected by electoral college or committee
Head of Government Governor is elected by popular vote (simple majority)
Structure of Parliament Bicameral with 27 seats in the Senate and 51 seats in the House of Representatives.
Electoral Law Constitution
Constituencies 27 seats in the Senate and 51 seats in the House of Representatives.
Voting System The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 4-year term. Governor is elected by popular vote to serve a 4-year term. In the Senate 27 members are elected by popular vote to serve 4-year terms. In the House of Representatives 51 members are elected by popular vote to serve 4-year terms.
Term of Office 4 years
Voter Requirements - age: 18 years
Candidate Eligibility and Requirements The candidates to the Chamber of Representatives must be properly registered in the electoral registry, to be at least twenty-five years of age, to be American and Puerto Rican citizens, to have lived in Puerto Rico at least during the two years prior to the election and at least one year before in the district for which they will contend; likewise they must be able to read and write in Spanish or English. Besides, the candidates from political parties must go through the procedures of internal selection made by their party. In the case of independent candidates, they must present the petitions of the 5% of electors of the total votes for the last General Governor.
Electoral Authority Comisión Estatal de Elecciones de Puerto Rico
Last Elections 8 November 2016
Next Elections November 2020
Political Parties
Here, we provide information on active political parties. A more comprehensive list of political parties may be found in our Knowledge Centre.
Party Political Leader
National Democratic Party Roberto PRATS
National Republican Party of Puerto Rico Tiody FERRE
New Progressive Party or PNP (pro-US statehood) Pedro ROSSELLO
Popular Democratic Party or PPD (pro-commonwealth) Anibal ACEVEDO-VILA
Puerto Rican Independence Party or PIP (pro-independence) Ruben BERRIOS Martinez
Past Elections
Here, we provide links to results of past elections. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and encourage you to assist us in filling any observed gaps. Notify us if you think a resource listed here has become deceptive or unfactual.
Year Specific Date Election Type View Results Source
1998 13 December 1998 Referendum View results psephos.adam-carr.net
2000 7 November 2004 Gubernatorial View results psephos.adam-carr.net
2000 7 November 2004 Senate View results psephos.adam-carr.net
2000 7 November 2004 House of Representatives View results psephos.adam-carr.net
2004 4 November 2004 Gubernatorial View results psephos.adam-carr.net
2004 4 November 2004 Senate View results psephos.adam-carr.net
2004 4 November 2004 House of Representatives View results psephos.adam-carr.net
2008 4 November 2008 Gubernatorial View results psephos.adam-carr.net
2008 4 November 2008 Senate View results IFES Election Guide
2008 4 November 2008 House of Representatives View results IFES Election Guide
2012 6 November 2012 Senate View results IFES Election Guide
2012 6 November 2012 House of Representatives View results IFES Election Guide
Election Reports
Here, we provide official reports of past elections and reports from election observation missions. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and encourage you to suggest other resources you think we should list here. You may also view our collection of Election Observer Reports in our Reading Room.
This section is currently being updated.
Party Manifestos
Here, we provide party manifestos from previous elections. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and encourage you to suggest other resources you think we should list here. You may also view our collection of manifestos in our Reading Room.

MOVIMIENTO UNIÓN SOBERANISTA (MUS)

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MUS 2012 Manifesto      

PARTIDO INDEPENDENTISTA PUERTORRIQUEÑO (PIP)

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PIP 2012 Manifesto      

PARTIDO NUEVO PROGRESISTA (PNP)

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PNP 2012 Manifesto      

PARTIDO POPULAR DEMOCRÁTICO (PPD)

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PPD 2012 Manifesto      

PARTIDO PUERTORRIQUEÑOS POR PUERTO RICO (PPR)

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PPR 2012 Manifesto      
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