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Fed appeals court considers if Hawaiian election case moot

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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal appeals court is in Honolulu Friday hearing arguments about whether a lawsuit to stop a Native Hawaiian election is moot.

Nai Aupuni, the organization that formed to guide the election, says it's moot because the vote was called off amid legal challenges. Nai Aupuni says it won't attempt future elections. The group has dissolved.

A group of Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians sued to stop the vote to elect delegates for a Native Hawaiian self-governance convention. The lawsuit claims a race-based election is unconstitutional.

After the election was cancelled, all candidates were invited to attend the gathering, which took place in February.

The lawsuit plaintiffs argue the lawsuit isn't moot because there's still a fundraising effort to hold a ratification vote on a proposed constitution.

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