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Voters narrowly rejecting affirmative action programs but final decision up to later ballot counts.
Lawyers disagree on whether new affirmative action programs under Referendum 88 will help or hurt veterans.
What is sometimes a useful tool for jumpstarting change can quickly begin to undermine the very people it presumes to help.
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.
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.
Washington voters will likely get the chance to continue or revamp the state’s 21 year-old law that restricts affirmative action programs.