Kevin Flynn, Rocky Mountain News, September 3, 2008
An initiative that would have preserved affirmative action programs in Colorado fell short of the required number of signatures to make November’s crowded ballot, the secretary of state’s office said Wednesday.
Initiative 82 was nearly 8,000 signatures short following a line-by- line verification of the petitions, according to Secretary of State Mike Coffman.
Initiative 82 was put forward by Coloradans for Equal Opportunity as a countermeasure to Amendment 46, which already is on the ballot.
Amendment 46, called the Colorado Civil Rights Initiative, would prohibit the state from granting preferential treatment to anyone on the basis of race, sex or ethnicity in hiring, education and contracts. Jessica Corry, heading up the Amendment 46 effort, said she is “elated” that the countermeasure won’t be on the ballot.