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The Puerto Rico Legislative Assembly is made up of two chambers, a Senate and a House of Representatives. All legislators are elected to four-year terms. Most members are elected in districts, but some are elected at-large in proportion to the popular vote of their political parties. This assures the representation of minority parties that receive a certain percentage of the vote. Because of this provision, the number of senators and representatives can vary. According to the commonwealth’s constitution, however, the Senate must have at least 27 members and the House must have at least 51 members. The Legislative Assembly may override the governor’s veto of legislation by a two-thirds vote in each house.



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