Hawaii Democrats File Suit Over Primary Election System

From a press release Monday (June 17):

Dante K. Carpenter,chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i (DPH), has through its attorneys, Gill, Zukeran & Sgan, filed a complaint with the United States District Court of Hawai‘i.

Carpenter states, “In accordance with the DPH Constitution, Article I, regarding membership adopted by the Convention body in May, 2006 and remains in effect today, as Chair I am committed to fulfilling the resolution put forth by the Convention body to ensure Democrats are elected at the primary stage by their fellow Democrats. In order to achieve this outcome we are required to file this type of law suit in the District Court of Hawai‘i.  Note in particular that emphasis is on achieving  “openness” - either through public registration OR Party membership!”

The Democratic Party of Hawai‘i seeks the public’s understanding and appreciation of the principles and Constitutional guarantees in conjunction with associational and individual freedoms.

Read Civil Beat’s related article, Off The Beat: Why Can’t We Vote For Whom We Want?

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(Photo: Dante Carpenter)

—Chad Blair

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