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Referendum 88

Election Results

Option Votes Pct
Rejected 87,642 58.69%
Approved 61,693 41.31%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

Complete Coverage

Voters narrowly rejecting affirmative action change

Voters narrowly rejecting affirmative action programs but final decision up to later ballot counts.

Marcus Riccelli and Larry Valadez: I-1000 deserves voters’ support

As Spokane leaders who have fought every day to ensure working families have access to the economic opportunities they need to succeed, we’re advocating for an approve vote on Initiative 1000.

Both sides assert affirmative action referendum will help veterans

Lawyers disagree on whether new affirmative action programs under Referendum 88 will help or hurt veterans.

Sue Lani Madsen: We don’t need affirmative action choking paths to success

What is sometimes a useful tool for jumpstarting change can quickly begin to undermine the very people it presumes to help.

Confusing affirmative action initiative a product of long back-and-forth about best way to afford opportunity

If you signed petitions this spring to put Referendum 88 on the November election lot because you oppose affirmative action laws, should you mark it “Approved” or “Rejected” on your ballot? We explain.

Suit contends affirmative action campaigners didn’t pay companies that gathered signatures to get initiative passed

When the campaign to change Washington’s affirmative action laws turned in thousands of petitions to send the initiative to the Legislature, sponsors bragged that they had a record number of signatures for such an effort. But they didn’t mention that those signatures hadn’t been paid for.

Referendum would stop recently approved initiative that allowed some affirmative action plans in Washington

Washington voters will likely get the chance to continue or revamp the state’s 21 year-old law that restricts affirmative action programs.

Legislature reinstates affirmative action in Washington by passing Initiative 1000

With shouts from protesters echoing across the Senate floor, lawmakers approved an initiative to reinstate affirmative action in Washington late Sunday.

Lawmakers may vote on I-1000 before session ends

Legislature may vote on affirmative action initiative in the final days of the session.