Initiative 82, which sought to preserve the state’s affirmative action programs, fell flat yesterday when the Colorado Secretary of State announced that the measure did not have enough valid signatures to make the November ballot.
Launched by a group called Coloradans for Equal Opportunity, the proposal would have protected certain affirmative action programs in the face of another ballot initiative, Amendment 46, which seeks to dismantle some of them. Amendment 46 is part of a national campaign spearheaded by anti-affirmative action guru Ward Connerly, a California businessman.
Melissa Hart, president of Coloradans for Equal Opportunity, told the Denver Post that legal battles between the two groups left her organization minimal time to collect signatures.
“Obviously we’re disappointed,” she said.