At a glance
State Question 759
Although Oklahoma's colleges and universities don't use race as a factor in admissions, an Oklahoma ballot initiative seeks to end affirmative action for education. State Question 759 would amend the Oklahoma Constitution to ban special treatment based on race or sex in public hiring, education or contracts. The state question will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Authors of the legislation that put the question on the ballot have said affirmative action is no longer needed and that state jobs and contracts, and seats at colleges and universities should go to the most qualified applicants, regardless of race.
Supporters of affirmative action have said the proposed constitutional amendment would undo years of progress in combating inequality across the state.