For years Puerto Ricans have been debating the question of their political status.
The island has been linked to the United States for 115 years and has been a Commonwealth since 1952. It means they handle their local affairs but follow U-S federal laws.
The debate is over three options. Should Puerto Rico remain a Commonwealth? Should it become a U-S state? Should they fight for independence?
Each option poses some challenges.
Last year’s non-binding referendum found that 54 percent favored changing Puerto Rico’s current status as a Commonwealth. That referendum wasn’t specific enough and was later thrown out. The debate is likely to continue as Puerto Rico faces other challenges.
The island is dealing with a challenging economy which includes a 13.9% unemployment rate.