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  • Judi Lynn (12572 posts)

    Guam pushes for native-only vote on US relationship

    Guam pushes for native-only vote on US relationship
    Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press
    Updated 9:04 pm CDT, Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    HONOLULU (AP) — The question before a panel of U.S. appeals court judges: Should non-native residents of Guam have a say in the territory’s future relationship with the United States?

    Three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals were at the University of Hawaii’s law school Wednesday to listen to arguments in an appeal of a federal judge’s 2017 ruling that says limiting the vote to those who are considered native inhabitants of the island is unconstitutional.

    Voters would have three choices: independence, statehood and free association with the United States similar to island states that allow the U.S. exclusive military access to their land and waters while their citizens have the right to live and work in the U.S.

    Arnold Davis, a white, non-Chamorro resident of Guam, sued in 2011 after his application to participate in the vote was denied.

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  • NV Wino (9461 posts)

    1. I say it's a local situation, and should be limited.

      “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee  
  • spud demon (1325 posts)

    2. Racism is racism

    In the big picture, none of them are native.  Humans evolved in Africa, developed civilization in Asia, and colonized the rest of the world from there.

    We shouldn’t try to send blacks “back” to Africa, Israel shouldn’t be a Jews-only state, and Guam shouldn’t disenfranchise non-Chamorro voters.

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