Michigan’s ballot included Prop 2 to amend the
state constitution to ban affirmative action programs that give preferential
treatment to groups and individuals for public employment, university admissions
or contracting for jobs. Special treatment for race, gender, skin color,
ethnicity or national origin would be banned. And Michigan’s Prop 4, like
Nevada’s proposal, was among the strongest anti-eminent domain measures among
the states with such measures.
On Prop 2, voters in Michigan sent a clear message that affirmative action
policies are biased. About 58%, or 2,131,488, said “yes” to amend the
constitution to outlaw affirmative action. The “no” votes totaled 1,539,431, or
42%. And Michigan voters gave no quarter to land-grabbers—a whopping 80% of the
voters, or 2,896,521, said “yes” to stop government from taking and transferring
property from the original private owner to another for alleged “economic
development” or to “increase tax revenue.” The “no” votes totaled only 716,738.