November 6, 2012 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) â Puerto Ricans faced a fundamental question on Election Day: Should they change their ties with the United States? Citizens in the U.S. island territory cannot vote in the U.S. presidential election, but many were excited to participate in a referendum on whether to push the territory toward statehood, greater autonomy or independence. The two-part referendum first asked voters if they wanted to change Puerto Rico's 114-year relationship with the United States. A second question gave voters three alternatives if they wanted a change: become a U.S. state, gain independence, or have a "sovereign free association," a designation that would give more autonomy for the territory of 4 million people. On the second question, 65 percent favored statehood, followed by 31 percent for sovereign free association and 4 percent for independence. http://www.chron.com/news/world/art...s-on-US-ties-and-chooses-governor-4012422.php Another Democrat state.