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Affirmative-Action Ban on Ballots

Voters in two states will decide in Nob. whether to ban the policy



    This photo from July 3, 2008, shows an activist with the Nebraska Civil Right Initiative helping to stack boxes of petitions at the loading dock of the State Capitol, in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, July 3, 2008. Questions are being raised over whether both sides in Nebraska's fight over affirmative action are coming clean with their finances.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    A ballot measure to ban affirmative action will now appear in two states this November -- including political battleground state Colorado.

    Voters in Colorado and Nebraska -- who approved putting the measure on the ballot on Friday -- will decide in November whether to eliminate affirmative action, a program that increases the number of minorities and women in government and education.

    "Colorado has been labeled a purple state," Ward Connerly, an advocate of the ban, told USA Today. "It'll depend on how much money is spent and how the measure is framed."

    There were not enough signatures in Arizona, Missouri or Oklahoma to put the measure on the ballot but proponents of the ban are optimistic about the chances of it passing in Colorado, a swing state. So far the campaign committee has spent $3 million.