If we don’t want to make states out of the territories, then let’s at least give them non-voting members of Congress and Electoral College votes like the District of Columbia via the 23rd Amendment.
- DC has a population of about 720,000 people which would make it the 3rd smallest state. It gets 3 electoral votes consistent with Wyoming, Vermont, and Alaska.
- Puerto Rico has a population of about 2,874,000 people which would make it the 15th smallest state and would get 5 electoral votes similar to New Mexico and Kansas.
Setting up Puerto Rico with 5 electoral votes would make presidents more interested in their affairs. The 45th president told people at a rally Puerto Rico better vote for him. This could make that a reality.
It would be good for Virgin Islands and other places to get one elector.