Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is using her office to deny Missourians a chance to vote to end race-based preferences. Below is this afternoon’s news release from the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative. This is indicative of the type of challenges the initiative will face for the next two years as organizers try to get it on the ballot. Much more on this later… the fight to end our state government’s use of race-based discrimination is one that all of us should get behind and support.
Missouri Official Obstructs Ballot Initiative Effort
“Secretary of State defiant in attempt to preserve race preferences“
(Grain Valley)- The Missouri Civil Rights Initiative Committee (MOCRI) received certification earlier this month from the secretary of state for a ballot measure that calls for the elimination of race and gender preferences in public employment, public education and public contracting. Unfortunately, the official ballot title language drafted by Carnahan’s office contains the exact wording of a 2008 effort that resulted in a protracted lawsuit. Supporters of the initiative have filed suit yet again to fight for new ballot language.The MOCRI committee won relief in the 2008 court case in the form of amended language provided by a Cole County circuit judge. Carnahan’s office immediately appealed the ruling. As a result of time lost in the court battle, signatures for the 2008 campaign were not submitted before the deadline. Consequently, the initiative is being reintroduced for the 2010 campaign cycle.
“We recommended the secretary of state adopt ballot language rewritten by the court in 2008,” explained MOCRI executive director Tim Asher. “Incredibly, Carnahan’s office chose instead to resubmit the exact language the court previously found to be “insufficient and unfair.”
According to the court decree, insufficient and unfair means to inadequately and with bias prejudice, deception and/or favoritism state the consequences of the initiative.
“It is completely irresponsible of the secretary of state to waste public money defending an action that has already been struck down by the court,” Asher continued. “If the secretary of state is to act impartially- as required by state statute- why would she insist on resubmitting language already determined to be inadequate?”
The Missouri Civil Rights Initiative Committee (MoCRI), a Missouri-based ballot initiative committee, is dedicated to providing the people of Missouri the opportunity to end discrimination and preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin by state or local governments. MoCRI will make Missouri a place of equal opportunity for all, not a state that uses discrimination as a tool to create “diversity.” Achieving “diversity” should never be an excuse to discriminate!
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