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Supreme Court upholds Hawaii reapportionment

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 05:20 a.m. HST, Jan 21, 2014



WASHINGTON » The Supreme Court has upheld Hawaii's reapportionment plan that leaves out some military personnel and students when calculating population and determining state legislative districts.

The justices affirmed a lower court ruling without comment today.

Voters challenging the reapportionment plan said it wrongfully excluded more than 108,000 military members, their families and university students. But a three-judge court in Hawaii found that the plan did not violate the Constitution's right to equal protection.

The case is Kostick v. Nago, 13-456.







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Dolphin743 wrote:
It's not that your votes don't count. We're just making sure they don't really matter.
on January 21,2014 | 08:58AM
ryan02 wrote:
Did you read the district court's decision? The State excluded people who claimed ANOTHER state as their primary residence. Why would/should the state of Hawaii be able to over-ride those people's own choices?
on January 21,2014 | 11:33AM
Dolphin743 wrote:
Those who chose another state for legal residency reasons are not counted for apportionment purposes in their home state. What our state court has done is to go against other rulings of this type throughout the nation that indicate that apportionment should be based on where people actually reside. There have been several college student related cases that have gone the other way--they affirm the fact that the local laws of the area where people reside have the overwhelming impact on the people living there, so when apportionment of legislators is required, the people who live in an area would be under-represented if they are un-counted due to having a "legal residence" elsewhere. Again, this is just Hawaii's way of ensuring that the population the state depends on to make ends (sort of) meet will not get to have a meaningful say in the government of the state. It's that simple.
on January 21,2014 | 12:05PM
Dolphin743 wrote:
Wow. I was a whole step behind in this conversation. I thought this was a revisit by the Hawaii court, not the supreme court. Still disappointed for the troops that get diluted representation.
on January 21,2014 | 02:39PM
ryan02 wrote:
They can sue their own states of residence to be counted THERE, or they can select Hawaii as their state of residence. There are other options. I agree with the US Supreme Court, Hawaii's constitution shouldn't be overturned.
on January 21,2014 | 03:52PM
ryan02 wrote:
If they are not being counted in their home residence state, that is a problem caused by their home residence state. Hawaii does not have to change its constitution just because OTHER states refuse to count their own residents. And the US Supreme Court apparently agrees with me, so I'd say that is definitive.
on January 21,2014 | 03:49PM
kuroiwaj wrote:
Outstanding decision. We can depend on and trust our Supreme Court.
on January 21,2014 | 09:40AM
false wrote:
Well, I guess that settles that.
on January 21,2014 | 09:44AM
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