ACRI Ballot Initiative (Colorado, Nebraska): Anti-Affirmative Action Amendment 46 Is Narrowly Rejected by Voters; Nebraska Voters Approve Anti-Affirmative Action Initiative 424

Despite promoting a “Super Tuesday for Civil Rights,” in five states (Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Arizona, and Oklahoma), the anti-affirmative action initiative from the American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI) only made it onto the ballots in Colorado and Nebraska. [Note: Please search under “Colorado” or “Nebraska” to find my previous posts on this subject.]

Election day produced a surprising result in Colorado and an expected result in Nebraska.

In Colorado, Amendment 46, sponsored by the ACRI, was narrowly defeated at the polls. The result was NO (50.7% or 1,061,396 votes), YES (49.3 or 1,033,865 votes).

I predicted that the ballot initiative would pass in Colorado. Because it has not, I am happy to eat my words.

However, in Nebraska, a similarly worded initiative as Colorado’s, was approved by voters. Initiative 424’s vote result was YES (58% or 389,372 votes), NO (42% or 287,233 votes). This result was the one I predicted.

Ward Connerly states in the Colorado Independent that he may abandon the drive to end affirmative action to campaign for reforming the use of mandatory minimum sentencing.

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