“Dave Davis Asks Ninth Circuit to Recognize That Racially Exclusive Plebiscite Registration Injures Citizens on Guam”

Election Law Center press release:

The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing arguments today, August 27, 2014, in Arnold Davis v. Guam at 10 a.m. (ChST) in the 4th floor courtroom at the federal courthouse in Hagatna, Guam. (The hearing will take place at 8 p.m. EDT on August 26, 2014).

Arnold “Dave” Davis tried to register for the Decolonization Registry so he could vote on a future status plebiscite regarding Guam’s relationship to the United States. His attempt to register to vote was denied because Davis could not trace his ancestry to a native inhabitant of Guam. Guam law prohibits those who do not have the correct ancestors from registering to vote for the status plebiscite. According to an expert report by Davis’ expert, nearly every single ancestor who would vest the modern right to register to vote was of the Chamorro racial group.

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