October 19, 1968

    1 measure, placed on the ballot by the council and dubbed the “fair housing law,” it sought to cement a city ordinance to prevent discrimination in housing sale or rental. The referendum had been sought by the Austin Board of Realtors which campaigned heavily for defeat of the ordinance — in effect repealing the fair housing protections. That defeat was a success by 57-43 percent with a 27 percent turnout. It was heavily supported in East Austin, but the ordinance was overwhelming opposed in North Austin. Mayor Harry Akin, who supported the measure, complained that a football game on the same day as the election, a Saturday, contributed to the measure’s defeat and the end of Austin’s anti-discrimination law. Soon after, the issue was made moot by the passage of federal anti-discrimination law.