Affirmative action critics to try again for ballot

Monday, June 29, 2009 | 12:38 p.m. CDT; updated 2:07 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 29, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — The sponsor of an initiative limiting affirmative action programs says he plans to submit a new version after a court ruled against his first try.

A Missouri judge said last Friday that Secretary of State Robin Carnahan should have rejected the proposal because of a technical flaw in its wording.

Initiative sponsor Tim Asher said Monday that he plans to fix the flaw and turn in a new version to Carnahan's office. Doing so would require Carnahan to again approve a ballot summary for the proposal.

Cole County Judge Richard Callahan ruled that the first summary prepared by Carnahan was insufficient and unfair.

Sponsors hope to get a constitutional amendment restricting affirmative action on Missouri's 2010 ballot.


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