Oregonians to vote on immigrant driver's licenses

Oregonians to vote on immigrant driver's licenses

"Oregonians are headed for a statewide vote on a new law that allows immigrants who can't show they're in the United States legally to obtain driver's licenses. Secretary of State Kate Brown's office said Friday that opponents of the law submitted nearly 71,000 signatures, and the Elections Division has determined that 58,291 were valid. That's enough to put a referendum before voters in November 2014. And as a result, the law won't take effect as scheduled Jan. 1. The law would grant four-year restricted licenses that can be used to drive but not to vote, board a plane, get government benefits or buy a firearm. The licenses would be marked "Driver's Card" to distinguish them from a standard Oregon license. Earlier this year, the Legislature approved the bill with bipartisan support, and Gov. John Kitzhaber signed it before a throng of cheering supporters." - AP, Oct. 18, 2013.