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Justices asked to block Native Hawaiian election vote count

WASHINGTON (AP) - Opponents of an ongoing Native Hawaiian election are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block votes from being counted.

An emergency request filed with the court Tuesday argues that Hawaii residents who are not Native Hawaiians are being excluded from the vote, in violation of their constitutional rights.

Native Hawaiians are voting to elect delegates for a convention to come up with a document allowing for self-government. Native Hawaiians are the last remaining indigenous group in the U.S. that hasn't been allowed to establish its own government.

Lower federal courts have allowed the election to go forward. The voting is scheduled to end Monday.

The request was filed with Justice Anthony Kennedy, who can act on his own or get his colleagues involved.

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