Missouri Affirmative Action Ban (2010)
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Text of measure
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."
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."
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
- Missouri affirmative action initiative faces another ACLU lawsuit
- Missouri secretary of state appeals court ruling on affirmative action initiative
- Missouri court rejects and revises proposed affirmative-action ban
- South County Times,"Voters Could Decide 7 Ballot Initiatives In 2010," August 28, 2009
- Missouri Secretary of State,"Constitutional Amendment to Article I, Section 34, Relating to Banning Affirmative Action Programs 2010-056," accessed November 23, 2009
- Webwire Press Release, "ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging Asher’s Effort To Eradicate Equal Opportunity," December 22, 2008
State of Missouri
Jefferson City (capital)
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