Proposition 16 explained

California voters, this election, are deciding if affirmative action should once again become legal.

Posted: Oct 21, 2020 8:32 AM

CALIFORNIA – California voters, this election, are deciding if affirmative action should once again become legal.

That is to say, should diversity, such as race or gender, factor into decisions regarding public employment, university admissions, or awarding state contracts?

Proposition 16 is a constitutional amendment that would overturn a previous, voter-approved constitutional amendment that outlawed affirmative action in California.

If passed, this new constitutional amendment would reinstate affirmative action in California.

Supporters say Prop 16 expands equal opportunity for all Californians, resulting in better wages, better jobs, and better education for everyone.

Opponents say Prop 16 would end California’s constitutional ban on discrimination and would actually end equality.

A yes vote on Prop 16 means you want to see affirmative action reinstated in California. A no vote means you think voters got it right in 1996 by banning affirmative action.

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