Elections on Track as Court Rules Against Hawaii Redistricting Suit
Hawaii's elections can move ahead as planned under political boundaries that exclude nonresident military personnel, a panel of federal judges ruled Tuesday.
The judges said invalidating the plan would be "spawning chaos rather than confidence in the election process."
The plaintiffs — eight Hawaii voters, including state Rep. Mark Takai — had argued the plan is unconstitutional and discriminatory because it removed more than 100,000 military personnel, their dependents and out-of-state university students from political district population totals. Four of the plaintiffs are military personnel or veterans.
Their lawsuit claims the plan violates the federal Equal Protection Clause.
U.S. District Judges J. Michael Seabright and Leslie Kobayashi and U.S. Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown of San Diego said "the equities and public interest tip overwhelmingly in (Reapportionment) Commission's favor."