CASE SUMMARY

Pursuant to state constitutional and statutory redistricting provisions, the Hawaii Reapportionment Commission is required to release their proposed congressional and legislative redistricting plans by July 22, 2021, and to adopt final congressional and legislative plans by September 10, 2021. In June 2021, Hawaii's Attorney General, supported by the Reapportionment Commission, filed a petition with the Hawaii Supreme Court alleging that due to the delayed release of 2020 census data necessary for redistricting, the Commission would be unable to complete its redistricting processes by its constitutional and statutory deadlines. The petitioners requested that the court issue a writ of mandamus extending the commission's deadlines to account for the delayed receipt of census data.

On July 7, 2021, the Hawaii Supreme Court granted the petition for writ of mandamus and extended the Commission's deadlines for proposed and final redistricting plans. Under the court-ordered timeline, the Commission must release their proposed congressional and legislative plans no later than 1/8/22, and must file their final congressional and legislative plans with the Chief Election Officer no later than 2/27/22.

CASE LIBRARY

Hawaii Supreme Court - No. SCPW-21-342