Effort to ban race, gender preferences advances in Michigan
Detroit Free Press
January 6, 2005, 5:49 PM
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group seeking to ban race and gender-based preferences in university admissions and government hiring says it submitted more than 508,000 signatures to state elections officials Thursday, a major step forward for the group’s campaign.
At least 317,757 valid signatures of Michigan voters are needed to put the proposed constitutional amendment on the November 2006 ballot. Members of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative said they expect no problem in getting enough signatures certified when state elections officials review the petitions over the next few months.
“I think it’s a challenge-proof initiative,” said Ward Connerly, a University of California regent and national leader in the movement to ban race and gender preferences. “But anyone who wants to challenge it — make my day.”