Hawaii Supreme Court dismisses election challenge suit

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit contesting the state’s presidential election filed by a woman who said she ran for president as an independent yet she wasn’t on the ballot.

The court’s five members unanimously rejected a complaint from Khistina Caldwell DeJean, saying she lacked standing to file her claim. Under Hawaii law, the only people with standing to challenge election results are a candidate, a representative of a qualified political party or a group of 30 voters.

DeJean’s handwritten complaint also demanded a recall election but there is no provision for a recall election under Hawaii’s constitution or state law.

Two other lawsuits challenging the Nov. 3 general election results are pending before the state Supreme Court, which is where election challenges must be submitted under state law.

One challenges the entire election while the other challenges the results of an Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee race.


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