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Lathers v. Abercrombie

Supreme Court of Hawaii

August 28, 2014

FRANCES LATHERS; MERRILL LATHERS; CASSANDRA WYLIE; BRAD L. COFFEL; KATHLEEN WALKER; ANDREW LEO; and AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF HAWAI'I, Plaintiffs,
v.
NEIL ABERCROMBIE, in his official capacity as the Governor of the State of Hawai'i; DAVID M. LOUIE, in his official capacity as the Attorney General of the State of Hawai'i; SCOTT NAGO, in his official capacity as Chief Election Officer for the State of Hawai'i; and STEWART MAEDA, County Clerk, Office of Elections, County of Hawai'i, Defendants.

ORIGINAL PROCEEDING

Recktenwald, C.J., Nakayama, McKenna, Pollack, and Wilson, JJ.

ORDER GRANTING MOTIONS TO DISMISS

Upon consideration of (1) Plaintiffs' Complaint, filed on August 21, 2014, (2) Plaintiffs' First Amended Complaint, filed on August 22, 2014, (3) Defendants Governor Neil Abercrombie, Attorney General David Louie, and Chief Election Officer Scott Nago's Motion to Dismiss, filed on August 25, 2014, (4) Defendant County of Hawai'i County Clerk Stewart Maeda's Motion to Dismiss, filed on August 25, 2014, (5) Plaintiffs' Memorandum in Opposition to the Motions to Dismiss and Motion for Permanent Injunctive Relief, filed on August 25, 2014, and the record herein, we find as follows:

In the Complaint and First Amended Complaint, Plaintiffs ask the court to: (1) issue a declaratory judgment that HRS § 11-92.3 is unconstitutional; (2) issue a declaratory judgment that Defendants' actions in response to

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Iselle infringed upon Plaintiffs' right to vote; (3) require Defendants to allow Plaintiffs and any other registered voter who did not cast a vote due to the storm to vote no later than September 20, 2014, and to notify the voters in the most effective methods of the new election date; (4) enjoin Defendants from certifying the primary election results or, in the alternative, rescind any certification of the primary election results; and (5) award reasonable attorneys' fees and costs pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1988 and other applicable laws.

Plaintiffs concede that their complaint is "not a typical ''election contest'" within the meaning of HRS §§ 11-172 (2009) or 11-173.5 (2009) and that they do not meet the statutory requirements for an election contest. Further, the court does not have jurisdiction under the statutory and constitutional provisions cited in the Complaint and First Amended Complaint to grant the relief requested. Therefore,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the motions to dismiss are granted. The complaint and first amended complaint are dismissed.


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