Executive Director, Tim Asher said the initiative didn’t get the numbers needed because of the short period of time allotted to collect signatures, and not because Missouri voters disagree with the issue.
“I think 170,000 signatures in 113 days says Missouri residents are concerned about preferences in our state,” Asher said.
Asher said that while he would prefer to get MoCRI on the ballot this year, he will use this time to help push the initiative in other states such as Nebraska, and try again in Missouri in 2010. He said the process has showed just how prevalent affirmative action policies and practices are in Missouri.
The initiative states “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”
MoCRI officially ended its efforts in Missouri May 4, but is still working to be implemented in Arizona, Colorado and Nebraska. Similar initiatives have already passed in California, Washington, and Michigan.