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State Asks Supreme Court to Dismiss ACLU Lawsuit

State Asks Supreme Court to Dismiss ACLU Lawsuit
Posted August 26th, 2014 @ 1:35pm

The state wants the Hawaii Supreme Court to dismiss a legal challenge to the primary election, saying the court doesn't have juridiction to hear the case and the lawsuit could derail preparations for the November general election. The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii filed suit alleging six voters in Puna on the Big Island were deprived of their constitutional right to vote. They couldn't get to polling places because of damage from Tropical Storm Iselle. The ACLU is asking the Supreme Court to allow voters in Puna affected by the storm to vote by September 19th. The state claims the ACLU is trying to avoid having to meet the legal standard for an election contest, in which complaints must prove that voting problems changed the outcome of the primary.




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