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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