Washington State Voters Reject Referendum That Would Have Reinstated Affirmative Action

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In 1998, voters in Washington passed Initiative 200 by a wide margin. This initiative prohibited state-operated colleges and universities from considering race in admission decisions. This year, the legislature placed an initiative on the ballot asking the state’s voters to approve a referendum that would allow public colleges and universities once again to consider race in admissions decisions. Voters were presented with a choice to “allow the state to remedy discrimination for certain groups and to implement affirmative action, without the use of quotas or preferential treatment (as defined)...

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