Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you from?

I am originally from the city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, where I was born on November 28, 1966. I lived and grew up there until 1971, when my parents, both university professors, went on sabbatical leave to Madrid, Spain. We lived in Madrid for about one year, and then returned to Mayagüez. After graduating from the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez Campus in 1988, I moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where I resided until October 1999, when I returned to Puerto Rico.

What are your interests?

My two main interests are, on the one hand, computers in general and specifically the Internet, and on the other one comparative politics and history in general - with emphasis on election processes, and on electoral laws and their political impact in particular.

The advent of the World Wide Web in 1993-94 made it possible for the first time to obtain and disseminate detailed news and information from other countries in the world with relative ease. Eventually, I decided to make my own contribution to the growing amount of information available on this new medium of communication.

With that objective in mind, during the summer of 1995 I conceived a Web home page I originally called Election Data Resources on the Internet - now Election Resources on the Internet - with links to Internet sites with detailed election results. I wanted this page to have a link to Puerto Rican election data as well, but since this information was not available on the Internet at the time, I then developed Elections in Puerto Rico from materials I had available pertaining to recent election processes in Puerto Rico.

I continued to expand Elections in Puerto Rico since its publication on the Internet on July 1995, with the inclusion of an archive of past election results, as well as the complete results of the 1996 general election, an election maps section, an election statistics lookup facility, the results of the 1998 plebiscite vote - an event in which I participated as an observer at the invitation of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Elections Commission - and the results of the 2000 general election. I also published on behalf of the Commission a 1999 primary election results Web site.

From February 2000 to March 2003 I maintained the Commission's official Web site.

I also expanded Election Resources on the Internet to include the complete results of South Africa's first two one-person, one-vote 1994 and 1999 general elections, and since 2002 sections dedicated to the electoral systems of Germany, Spain, Italy, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Portugal, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Norway, Mexico, Sweden, Austria, the Netherlands, Brazil, France, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Turkey, Belgium, Japan, Greece, Switzerland, Poland, Luxembourg, Malta, Argentina, Hungary, Chile, the United States of America, Israel, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Romania, Ukraine, Estonia and El Salvador.

Since January 2004 Election Resources on the Internet is also published in Spanish, as Recursos Electorales en la Internet.

Why did you create this site?

By the summer of 1998, I had spent three years dedicating all my Web space and a good portion of my free time to pages about my topics of interest; I then decided to have a personal home page, where other persons could also have the opportunity to know more about me over the Internet.

Are you married?

No, I have never been married.

Last update: March 2, 2012.