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Governor says reapportionment process flawed

December 1, 2011
The Maui Weekly

The Associated Press - Gov. Neil Abercrombie said the process of redrawing the state's political boundaries was flawed and should be redone. In a brief filed earlier this month, the governor requests the state Supreme Court to compel the 2011 Reapportionment Commission to "do everything necessary" to correct the plan it filed with chief elections officer.

The brief was filed by Deputy Attorney General Charleen Aina in response to a lawsuit asking the state Supreme Court to declare the plan invalid. The commission has defended its method.

Democratic groups from the Big Island are suing. They say the reapportionment plan is based on a population count that includes too many nonpermanent residents such as military and students. They argue that favors O'ahu and denies Hawai'i Island a fourth seat in the state Senate.



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