Redistricting draws second lawsuit

HONOLULU — A second lawsuit has been filed in state Supreme Court against the Hawai‘i Reapportionment Commission over its redistricting plan that counts most non-resident military and their families as part of the state’s population.

Kona attorney Mike Matsukawa is suing the commission and Chief Election Officer Scott Nago, asking the court to find the current redistricting plan invalid and to have the boundaries redrawn.

Matsukawa’s lawsuit, filed Thursday, argues the plan is invalid “because (it) does not use the state’s ‘permanent residents’ as the population base as is constitutionally mandated.” He contends that the commission did not make a “good faith” effort to follow the constitution when it voted 8-1 back in June to count non-resident military personnel, their families, sentenced felons and out-of-state college students as part of the population.

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