|Published:||May 18, 2012 8:41 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 18, 2012 8:41 PM EDT|
ORLANDO (AP) - Pedro R. Pierluisi wants Puerto Ricans in Florida to register and vote with the same enthusiasm their families do back on the island.
Pierluisi is Puerto Rico's resident commissioner in Washington, the closest the island has to a U.S. congressman.
He told a gathering of Puerto Rican business and political leaders Friday in Orlando they provide a key voice for the island. Puerto Rico is a commonwealth. Its residents can vote in primaries but do not have the right to vote in the general presidential election.
Puerto Ricans now make up the state's second largest Hispanic community after Cuban-Americans, but they have been far less likely to cast their ballots.
The annual, bipartisan Summit on Puerto Rican Affairs was organized by various Puerto Rican chambers of commerce and corporate sponsors.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)