Early results: Puerto Rico rejecting constitutional changes

August 20, 2012 03:53


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SAN JUAN - Puerto Rican voters on Sunday appeared headed to rejecting a pair of constitutional amendments that would limit some defendants' right to bail and shrink the legislature in the US territory, according to early election results.

With 53 percent of precincts counted, the "no" vote was leading by 52.9 percent to 47 percent on the bail restrictions and by 52 percent to 47.9 percent on a cost-saving proposal to cut the number of seats in the legislature to 56 from 78.

A defeat on either amendment would be an upset, as a poll published last week by El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico's largest newspaper, showed broad support for both changes.

Elections officials, however, said it was too early to declare a winner in either referendum. Polls closed at 3 p.m.

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