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Federal appeals court rejects Puerto Rican's bid to vote in US presidential election

[JURIST] The US First Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday rejected a Puerto Rican's petition to vote in the November 2nd US presidential election, saying no such right existed until Puerto Rico becomes a state or the Constitution is amended. The 2-1 decision by the court was the third time a federal court had denied attorney Gregorio Igartua's argument that Puerto Ricans are in a "state of servitude" by being disenfranchised in federal elections despite being US citizens and having a sufficient population to be represented in the Electoral College. The lone dissenting judge, Puerto Rican native Judge Juan Torruella, drew an analogy to imperialist England and the segregation of US public schools when characterizing the plight of Puerto Ricans under the current law. The First Circuit Court of Appeals has the opinion online. AP has more.

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