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Federal panel ruling favors state reapportionment plan

July 12, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal three-judge panel has ruled in favor of the reapportionment plan Hawaii used during the most recent general election.

The state attorney general's office said Thursday that a U.S. District Court panel ruled that Hawaii's reapportionment commission legally left out nonresident military and students from its population calculations when determining state legislative districts. The court ruled that this didn't violate equal protection under the U.S. Constitution.

Voters challenging the reapportionment plan said it wrongfully excluded more than 108,000 military members, their families and university students.

Attorney General David Louie said in a statement that the ruling validates and supports the work of the Reapportionment Commission.

The court also approved the commission's decision to avoid "canoe" districts that span more than one island with the exception of districts encompassing Maui, Lanai and Molokai.



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