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In other words, it would have reinstated a practice called affirmative action, most notably at the state’s public colleges.

Voters’ views held steady over 25 yearsDespite the courts’ evolution on affirmative action, California voters’ views on the subject are nearly unchanged over the past 25 years.

The ban on affirmative action was first approved by 54% of registered Californians via Proposition 209 in 1996.

In 1996, California became the first state to ban affirmative action in government.

Twenty-four years since, 10 states have banned affirmative action – though Texas’ ban was reversed in 2003.

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