Bad Bunny Is Now Registered to Vote in Puerto Rico


Image courtesy of CEE

By Mivette Vega

August 24, 2020

The rapper assured he will not vote for either of the main political parties on the island.

SAN JUAN—Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny arrived Thursday at the offices of the Puerto Rico State Commission on Elections (CEE by its initials in Spanish) in San Juan to register to vote in the upcoming election.

Sporting an Afro and a mustache, the singer, whose given name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, was able to complete the registration process. His presence at the CEE was leaked to the press, and journalists approached him as he was exiting.

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The rapper said he decided to register considering all that is happening within the island’s government.

“I am still thinking about the candidates. I am clear I will not vote for either the PNP [the pro-statehood New Progressive Party] or the PPD [the pro-commonwealth Popular Democratic Party]. That is more than clear to me because Puerto Rico needs a change, and that’s what this is about. That’s why I got the electoral card,” the rapper said as he left the CEE.

Later, Bad Bunny shared a few images on Instagram of the registration process, even posting a photo of his voter registration card. On his post, the chameleonic rapper encouraged people to register. Puerto Rico’s registration period ends on Sept. 14; the local elections take place Nov. 3.

“We are at a crucial moment in the history of our country, and now more than ever we have the power to change the course of PR!!! It’s time for true change!!!” Bad Bunny wrote on Instagram.

The singer also wrote that people should consider candidates that are not from the two main political parties that traditionally govern the island.  

“Enough abuse from the same two parties that have kept PR hostage for decades!!! Enough of more of the same and the same and the same!! It’s time to make history!! Get your voting card, and use it fearlessly!!!!” wrote the rapper.

Bad Bunny is the second world-class Puerto Rican rapper who has registered to vote and encouraged people to do so. René Pérez, aka Residente, had registered in January, but in July his name was removed from the electoral lists. The CEE claimed the urban star was not a resident of Puerto Rico.

On Aug. 14, however, Residente shared a video confirming he would be able to vote in the island’s elections after all.

“I didn’t have to prove anything. The mistake was a technical error—something we are used to seeing in this government. They are wrong all the time and make thousands of mistakes,” Pérez said on video.

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