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September 8, 2011

Think About It: Important Apportionment

Reapportionment meetings with the public are taking place this week and next to help determine where distinct, district boundaries might be re-drawn due to population shifts uncovered through the last census. This affects district members, meaning you, and it also might drastically affect a number of elected representatives, who could find themselves in races next fall with fellow constituents who use to serve a different district.

What difference does it make? Well, quite a lot, actually. A change of district might affects dollars and decisions as well as who represents you.  A final decision is to be made by the Hawaii Reapportionment Commission by September 26. The bipartisan, independent commission has a number of scenarios upon which it will decide- and your input is encouraged. Neighbor Islands are looking for distinct district representation due to population gains, rather than being tied together as so-called "canoe" districts. There are also other scenarios affecting so-called urban vs. rural Honolulu.

This is where you actually have a chance to be heard, to understand what's being proposed, before you hear the results on our newscasts in three weeks. Meetings are coming up on Lanai, Molokai, in Kona, Hilo, and at Waipahu High School and Kalani High over the next week. Do you want to make a difference, or do you want to ignore this civic opportunity and therefore say it doesn't make a difference? This is about representation. So no matter what the results, at least you can't say that no one asked. Think about it…

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