Early results came in for Proposition 16, with the no vote leading with 57.86% and 42.14% for yes, according to the Registrar of Voters, as of 10:26 p.m.
Prop. 16 would have repealed Proposition 209, which prohibited the state from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to persons on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, public education and public contracting.
Supporters believed that Prop. 16 would assist the diversity in public employment, education and contracting decisions.
“The ongoing pandemic, as well as recent tragedies of police violence, is forcing Californians to acknowledge the deep-seated inequality and far-reaching institutional failures that show that your race and gender still matter,” said Assemblymember Shirley Weber, according to Ballotpedia.
Opponents of Prop. 16 believed it would create a greater divide and be a step backward for equality.
— Peter Kuo (@peterkuoGOP) October 28, 2020
“Is it right to give someone a job just because they are white, or black or green or yellow? Or just because they are male?” said Assemblymember Steven S. Choi, according to Ballotpedia. “Repealing Proposition 209, enacted by voters 24 years ago, is to repeal the prohibition of judgment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity and national origin. We are talking about legalizing racism and sexism.”