PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Voters in Washington will have a chance to decide if they want affirmative action to contribute to college admissions, state employment and state contracting.
Lawmakers in Olympia repealed the ban on Affirmative Action but then opponents collected enough signatures to put a referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot.
“If there are employers who are treating their employees the way they should be and hiring the right person for the job, then this is not going to be a problem,” said Shannon Meyers with the SW Washington Central Labor Council. “The problem is there are those who are not doing it the right way and the people who are suffering are those in our community.”
Opponents of Referendum 88 said there are three main reasons to reject the vote. They say it creates different rules for different races, creates a costly new bureaucracy to enforce racial preference and hurts veterans by eliminating hiring preference for veterans in the state.