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We Can Vote is a nonpartisan resource center that provides regularly updated information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Election officials are doing their best to respond to COVID-19, and while the pandemic has disrupted many aspects of civic life, one thing is certain: America will hold elections this November. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

Puerto Rico: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Monday, May 11, 2020 10:58 AM ET

Important News

  • April 2, 2020 Official Update Puerto Rico Postpones Presidential Primary

    Puerto Rico was originally scheduled to hold its Democratic primary on March 29, but the territory has adopted a new law to postpone the primary until April 26 or later "if the emergency situation persists." The Democratic Party Chairman has announced that the election will take place on an unspecified date after April 26. 

  • March 9, 2020 CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Locations

Puerto Rico Voting Rules & Deadlines

Every place has its own specific rules for voter registration and voting, and right now they are changing rapidly. Make sure you know the current rules, and sign up to receive updates from We Can Vote when the rules change in your community.

Visit the Puerto Rico election website.

vote absentee icon. How to vote absentee in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico allows voters to cast an absentee ballot only under certain circumstances. The territory has not said if it will revisit its rules for absentee voting in response to COVID-19.

  • Make sure you’re registered to vote
  • You can learn more about requirements for voting absentee and complete the absentee voting request form on the Puerto Rico State Commission on Elections website

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in Puerto Rico

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

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Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:


  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
  • Engage with major employers, colleges, and media so that any shifts in election administration serve voters in local communities, and so local communities can assist by volunteering to help by being poll workers for America's largest civic event;
  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.