Reverend and Puerto Rican community organization director Robertoluis Lugo Morciglio talks with his colleagues in his office on Friday, Aug.12, 2016. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)
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Residents of Puerto Rico can't vote in presidential elections.Together, Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio – three pivotal states in the fall – absorbed more than 22,500 Puerto Rican migrants in 2013 alone. Many more Puerto Ricans already living on the mainland have relocated to these states from traditional hubs such as New York.Puerto Ricans living on the island can only vote in presidential primaries.Even if only one quarter of eligible recent Puerto Rican migrants vote in Pennsylvania and Florida, that could be enough to tilt a close race.In the 2014 elections, only about one quarter of eligible Puerto Ricans on the mainland voted, whereas nationally, voter turnout reached about 42 percent that year, and 27 percent among Latinos as a whole, according to the Pew Center.
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