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Oregonians to vote on immigrant driver’s licenses

An initiative to vote on a new law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain state driver's licenses will be on the ballot in the 2014 general election.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — 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 Legislature approved the bill this summer.

Referendum supporters say it rewards illegal actions and might encourage more people without legal documents to come to Oregon.

Supporters of the law said it would reduce the number of unlicensed and uninsured drivers, making the roads safer.



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