Appeals court: Court can debate Say’s residency


HONOLULU — A state appeals court says Circuit Court can hear a legal challenge to the residency of state Rep. Calvin Say.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that the Circuit Court was wrong to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Say’s residency. The lower court judge had said the Honolulu city clerk, not the court, had jurisdiction to say where Say is a registered voter.

The Hawaii Constitution requires House lawmakers to vote in the districts they represent.

Layers for voters in Say’s district say it’s an open secret that Say lives in a different district in Honolulu. Attorney Lance Collins says Say owns a vacant house in Palolo and claims residency there.

Say says he shuttles between homes for family reasons, but maintains Palolo as his residence.