Flaw in Redistricting Software Means Hawaii County Council Districts to Change Again in 2014

The State of Hawaii Reapportionment Commission announced today that there was a flaw in the software that was used in 2011 to draw the Hawaii County District Maps and that a new Redistricting Commission will be selected next month to redraw county districts based on the 2010 Decennial Census Bureau Population Count.

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The software used was a ArcGIS platform and pertinent dataset components provided comprehensive features and functionality for plan management, visualization, editing, and community collaboration.

Hawaii County Councilman Dru Kanuha, who was the Redistricting Commission Co-Chair, said “Unfortunately the software was flawed and the data was only recently inputted correctly so the new maps need to be drawn.  We can’t unding a bell and have an entirely new election.”

In establishing the boundaries of the districts, the Hawai‘i Reapportionment Commission gave consideration to the following factors: (a) population deviations from ideal district targets (b) cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory, and (c) socio-economic interests of the districts.

Another member of the 2011 Redistricting Commission and current Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter stated, “We did the best we could with the software that we had.  None of us (members of the commission) knew that the software was flawed.”

Fourteen plans were submitted by Advisory Councils or the public prior to July 26, 2011 and were reviewed by the Commission before their proposed plan was published. An additional twelve public plans were received during the public hearing period as well as verbal and written testimony. Congressional, State Senate and State House plans now online are those adopted on March 8, 2012.

Rene Siracusa, who was the Chair of the Commission, stated “It’s unfortunate that this has happened, however, I believe even if we had the correct software, that the current districts that were drawn into place, would still remain the same”

A County Council Meeting to discuss these matters is scheduled for Executive Session later on today, April 1st.

One Response

  1. This is a perfectly-done April Fools joke, right? RIGHT?

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