Inhabitants of the smallest American state of Rhode Island in terms of the area supported the abbreviation of the official name - Rhode Island and Providence Plantation, which has existed since the 17th century.
It is reported by NBC.
52.9% of the participants in the referendum, which took place on November 3, simultaneously with the presidential elections and representatives in Congress, supported the introduction of a corresponding amendment to the state constitution.
Now the state will be referred to simply as Rhode Island - activists have decided to remove the "Providence plantation" from the name as a "reminder of economic development based on slavery."
State Governor Gina Raimondo has already supported this idea. In her opinion, this reminder connected the state with a "shameful past."
It is curious that this is not the first time that this issue has been raised for public discussion - in 2010, at a similar referendum, the renaming of the state was supported by 22% of Rhode Island residents.
Recall that the main vote on November 3 was, of course, the election of the president and members of Congress. And although the results of the vote count have not yet been announced, according to preliminary data, the chances of becoming the next head of state are higher for Democrat Joe Biden.