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Oregon Sheriffs Vote To Oppose Driver Cards Measure

OPB | April 17, 2014 5:14 p.m. | Updated: April 21, 2014 7:05 a.m. | Portland

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Oregon’s sheriffs voted Thursday to oppose a ballot measure that would allow the state to issue driver cards to residents who cannot prove their legal presence in the country.

Voters will decide the measure in the November election.

Republicans and Democrats supported the idea in the legislature, and Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a bill into law last year.  

But an organization turned in enough signatures to qualify a referendum for the November ballot.  That prevented the law from taking effect.

A state organization that represents 36 Oregon sheriffs voted to oppose the driver card bill.

Tom Bergin is the Sheriff of Clatsop County.

“It’s a safety issue and it just doesn’t make sense. The majority of these sheriffs in Oregon know that there’s a public safety issue here with these driver cards. We don’t know who we’re giving them to, we don’t know exactly who that person is,” he said.

Sheriff Bergin says if constituents want to know how their sheriffs voted they should call them to find out.

Twenty-eight sheriffs voted in opposition to the driver card law.  Eight did not cast votes.

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