Affirmative action measure still losing in latest counts

Affirmative action measure still losing in latest counts
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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Nearly a week after the election, a measure that reinstates the use of affirmative action in state employment, contracting and admission to public colleges and universities was continuing to be narrowly rejected by Washington voters as counties move closer to finishing their vote counts.

Referendum 88 asked voters whether they want to approve or reject Initiative 1000, which was passed by the Legislature in April. I-1000 amends current statutes that prohibit state government from discriminating against or giving preferential treatment to individuals or groups based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, public education, or public contracting.

I-1000 would allow the consideration of being part of a minority group to be a contributing factor for a qualified applicant.

As of Monday morning, the measure was being rejected by 50.4 percent of voters with a margin of just under 13,000 votes.

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