Ninth Circuit upholds decision in NMI law restricting voting

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Dec. 27 affirmed the decision of the District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands in a case challenging the constitutionality of NMI law restricting voting on certain issues, including the ownership of property, to residents of NMI descent.

Article XVIII, section 5 (c) of the NMI Constitution restricts voting in certain elections to individuals of NMI descent. As defined by this provision, individuals of NMI descent are residents who are at least one-quarter NMI Chamorro or Carolinian, or a combination of both, or who were adopted under the . . .

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