Supreme Court Halts Native Hawaiians' Election
Justice Kennedy's temporary stay prevents the Native Hawaiian election from moving forward until the full court decides its constitutionality.By Matt Picht | November 27, 2015
Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy just put the brakes on a push for self-governance by the descendants of Hawaiian natives.
Kennedy's order temporarily blocks any votes from being counted or any winners being declared in a special election open only to Native Hawaiians. Voting began on Nov. 1 and was scheduled to close Monday.
The election would have selected delegates for a planned constitutional convention, which would start to build a Native Hawaiian government. In September, the U.S. Department of the Interior unveiled a possible road map for native autonomy.