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The Oregonian: Oregon driver card proponents launch their fall ballot campaign
Author: Jeff Mapes
Posted: August 13, 2014

Read the original article in The Oregonian here.

Proponents of allowing Oregon driver cards for people who can't show they are in the country legally kicked off their fall campaign Monday urging a yes vote on Ballot Measure 88.

Supporters of the driver cards launched a website that includes testimonials from groups ranging from the Oregon Association of Nurseries to Causa Oregon, an immigrant rights group. The new website also features  100 days of stories about someone who would benefit from the new law.

The newest features Mayra Martinez, a Portland State University student who says she has lived in the U.S. since she was 3. She talks about her difficulty getting to school without being able to drive.

The issue could be one of the most highly contested on the ballot. Opponents gathered the necessary signatures last year to refer the legislatively passed driver's card law to voters.  A website from Protect Oregon's Driver Licenses, which is urging a no vote on Measure 88, features opposition from the Sheriffs of Oregon PAC.

Proponents argue that the driver cards would allow immigrants who are driving on Oregon roads to be insured and licensed. They say the cards can't be used to fly or obtain other government benefits. Critics say the cards would encourage illegal immigration and would not improve safety.