Washington Affirmative Action Ban, Initiative 200 (1998)

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The Washington Affirmative Action Ban Initiative, also known as Initiative 200, was on the November 3, 1998 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the Legislature, where it was approved. The measure prohibited public institutions from discriminating or grating preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.[1]

Election results

Washington Affirmative Action Ban, Initiative 200 (1998)
Approveda Yes 1,099,410 58.22%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[1]

Shall government be prohibited from discriminating or granting preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in public employment, education, and contracting?[2]

Path to the ballot

Sponsors Scott Smith and Tim Eyman of Seattle filed 280,511 signatures to qualify the measure to be sent to the legislature. When the legislature did not take action on the proposed legislation, the measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1998 Voters Pamphlet", accessed September 3, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the Legislature", accessed September 3, 2013