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Missouri Affirmative Action Ban (2010)

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The Missouri Affirmative Action Ban is a citizen-initiated ballot initiative, proposed as an initiated constitutional amendment to the Missouri Constitution, whose supporters failed qualify it for the November 2, 2010 ballot in Missouri.

A petition sample form was approved for circulation by the Missouri Secretary of State's office on November 18, 2008. The official ballot title was certified on December 10, 2008.

Text of measure


The official ballot title was:[1][2]

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ban affirmative action programs designed to eliminate discrimination against, and improve opportunities for, women and minorities in public contracting, employment and education while continuing to allow preferential programs necessary to establish or maintain eligibility for federal funding, to comply with an existing court order, or consisting of bona fide qualifications based on sex?

Fiscal impact estimate

According to the fiscal estimate produced by election officials, "The total cost or savings to state and local government entities is unknown. Most state governmental entities estimate no costs or savings, however, costs or savings related to future contracts are unknown. Some local governments estimate no costs or savings, but prohibition of certain municipal policies may result in unknown costs."


A similar initiative, the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative (2008), was circulated with the goal of making the 2008 ballot, but was withdrawn prior to approval.


The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court of Cole County asking for an injunction preventing the initiative's supporters from circulating the petition because "it violates the Missouri Constitution by seeking to trick and defraud Missouri voters in attempting to ban an array of equal opportunity programs."[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Missouri signature requirements

To qualify for the ballot, signatures were required to be obtained from registered voters equal to 8% of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts.

The sponsor of the initiative was:

Mr. Tim Asher
Missouri Civil Rights Initiative
P.O. Box 545
Grain Valley, MO 64029

See also

Related measures

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotMissouri Civil Rights Initiative (2008)


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