Michigan Votes to Prohibit Race Preferences by Wide Margins

On November 7, 2006, the people of Michigan voted overwhelmingly to prohibit the use of race as a factor in academic admissions, government employment, and government contracting. The vote was held in the wake of CIR’s challenges to University of Michigan’s racial preference programs in Gratz v. Bollinger & Grutter v. Bollinger, which were partially upheld by the Supreme Court.