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Ballot breakdown: What proposition 16 would mean for California

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Posted at 2:16 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 17:16:19-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGTV) -- As Californias head out to vote, many important propositions and measures are on the ballot this November.

One of those initiatives is Proposition 16.

If approved, Prop 16 would repeal Proposition 209 from the state constitution which, according to BallotPedia, banned the use of affirmative action involving sex or race-based preferences.

Those in support of Proposition 16 argue that it takes a step toward “dismantling structural racism and sexism.”

Meanwhile, those opposed to the proposition point to Prop 209 as to why voters should mark "no" on the ballot.

“The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin, in the operation of public employment, public education, and public contracting,” the website states in reference to a passage from Prop 209.

See what a vote for or against Proposition means below, according to the state's voter guide:

YES: A YES vote on this measure means: State and local entities could consider race, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin in public education, public employment, and public contracting to the extent allowed under federal and state law.

NO: A NO vote on this measure means: The current ban on the consideration of race, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin in public education, public employment, and public contracting would remain in effect.