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Hawaii election chief: Too late to start over

May 15, 2012
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's chief election officer says it's too late to start over if a court ruling throws out political district boundary maps.

The primary election is just three months away, yet a lawsuit alleges the reapportionment plan violates the constitution's equal protection clause by excluding more than 108,000 military members, their families and university students in drawing up boundaries for state legislative districts.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court is scheduled to hear arguments Friday and could issue a decision shortly afterward.

Chief Election Officer Scott Nago said the state is too far along in planning to start over.

The decision could delay the Aug. 11 primary election and could impact the Nov. 6 general election.



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