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Voters Defeat Driver Cards For Undocumented Oregonians


2014 Measure 88 - Drivers Card

A referendum on the state law that allows driver cards for Oregonians who can't prove they're in the country legally.

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Oregon voters  rejected Measure 88, a referendum on the state law that would have allowed driver cards for Oregonians who can’t prove they’re in the country legally.

The vote overturns a state law that passed last year but had not yet gone into effect. The failure of the driver card measure maintains the status quo, so undocumented residents will still not be able to drive.

Cynthia Kendoll led the opposition to Measure 88. She says the majority “no” vote sends a strong message.

“Voters aren’t interested in giving a state-issued photo ID to people that are in our country illegally,” says Kendoll.

Proponents of the measure were disappointed  Tuesday night.

Andrea Miller, executive director for CAUSA, addresses the public after Measure 88 fails on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

Andrea Miller, executive director for CAUSA, addresses the public after Measure 88 fails on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

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br />“Many families are going to need a driver card and we don’t have a solution to  that,” Andrea Miller, executive director of the immigrant rights organization CAUSA. “So we’re disappointed but we know that there’s still more work to do.”

The Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division estimates that tens of thousands of Oregonians who can’t currently drive legally have been affected by the outcome of the measure.

Carol Lewis celebrated at the campaign party for Measure 88 opponents on election night.

Opponents of Measure 88 celebrated at an election night party in Keiser.

Opponents of Measure 88 celebrated at an election night party in Keiser.

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“I’m a little bit tired of people saying that this is okay, for illegals to have a driver’s card,” says Lewis. “And I’m concerned that we’re going to have to do this again.

She says she’s advocated against driver cards for the past decade, when the issue has come before the legislature or the governor.

Supporters of Measure 88, including nonprofit organizations, labor unions, businesses and churches, said it would make roads safer by allowing all drivers to carry insurance. Opponents, including several state representatives, the Sheriffs of Oregon Political Action Committee and other local officials, said people living in the country illegally should not be able to get a driver card.

If Measure 88 had passed, Oregon would have been the 11th state in the nation to provide driving privileges to undocumented residents.

Backers of Measure 88 say they hope to send the driver card issue back to Oregon voters in the future. Cynthia Kendoll and other opponents say that now that they’ve won, they may turn their attention to other issues related to immigration.

Tony Schick contributed to this report.






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