Former Washington Govs. (from left) Dan Evans, Chris Gregoire and Gary Locke sit together before testifying in favor of Initiative 1000 before a joint Washington state House and Senate committee at the Capitol in Olympia in April. More than two decades after Washington voters banned affirmative action, the question of whether one’s minority status should be considered as a contributing factor in state employment, contracting and admission to public colleges and universities is back on the ballot. Referendum 88, approving I-1000, gives voters the final say. Ted S. Warren/Associated Press file photo)

Former Washington Govs. (from left) Dan Evans, Chris Gregoire and Gary Locke sit together before testifying in favor of Initiative 1000 before a joint Washington state House and Senate committee at the Capitol in Olympia in April. More than two decades after Washington voters banned affirmative action, the question of whether one’s minority status should be considered as a contributing factor in state employment, contracting and admission to public colleges and universities is back on the ballot. Referendum 88, approving I-1000, gives voters the final say. Ted S. Warren/Associated Press file photo)

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