Oregon Alternative Driver Licenses Referendum, Measure 88 (2014)

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Measure 88
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Type:Veto referendum
Referred by:Citizens
Status:On the ballot
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The Oregon Alternative Driver Licenses Referendum, Measure 88 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Oregon as a veto referendum.[1] The measure subjects Senate Bill 833 to a popular vote. SB 833 makes four-year driver licenses available to those who cannot prove legal presence in the United States.[2]

Text of measure

If SB 833 is upheld by voters, it will amend Oregon Revised Statutes 366.505, 367.173, 367.605, 802.110, 802.160, 802.200, 807.130, 807.310 and 807.375.

The full text of SB 833 can be read here.


In the ongoing debate surrounding immigration reform in the United States, Oregon was one of several states to make moves on driver licenses' requirements in 2013. California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada and Vermont all changed license eligibility requirements to allow unauthorized residents access to them. New Mexico, Utah and Washington already had such laws at the time, and Georgia and Maine enacted more limited measures. Approximately 25 states considered measures on the subject in 2013. In total, 35 laws were enacted on the subject, and the District of Columbia sent 1 to Congress.[3]


Note: Supporters are campaigning for a "no" vote


The referendum is managed by Oregonians for Immigration Reform, as well as Protect Oregon Driver Licenses.[4][1]


Former officials

  • Tim Mueller, retired sheriff


  • Oregonians for Immigration Reform PAC
  • Sheriffs of Oregon PAC
  • Protect Oregon Driver Licenses


  • Dave Driscoll, retired Salem police officer
  • Duane Fletchall, retired Marion County Sheriff's department sergeant
  • Derek Hernadez, Western Region National Border Patrol Council Vice President
  • Michael W. Cutler, retired INS senior special agent
  • Gary Fleming Jr., Hudspeth County sheriff's office public information officer
  • Tyler Smith, lawyer
  • Maria Espinoza, National Director of The Remembrance Project
  • Eddie Garcia, EVG Consulting Co. consultant
  • D.A. King, Dustin Inman Society President
  • Don Rosenberg, entertainment executive

Campaign contributions

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PAC info:

PAC Amount raised Amount spent
Oregonians for Immigration Reform PAC $6,164.98 $2,564.97
Protect Oregon Driver Licenses Committee $17,086.95 $7,094.19
Total $23,251.93 $7,094.19
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Category:Ballot measure endorsements Support: $23,251.93
Circle thumbs down.png Opposition: $35,000.00

Top 5 contributors:

Donor Amount
Jay Woodworth $5,000
John Woodworth $5,000
Future Forests $5,000
Neil Gossman $1,970
Elizabeth Van Staaveren $1,700


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Note: Opponents are campaigning for a "yes" vote

YES on Oregon Safe Roads is the primary organization supporting the passage of this veto referendum.[5]




  • YES on Oregon Safe Roads[6]
  • 18th Avenue Peace House
  • ACLU of Oregon
  • Adelante Mujeres
  • AFSCME Council 75
  • Ainsworth United Church of Christ
  • American Federation of Teachers, Oregon
  • American Immigration Lawyers’ Association: OR Chapter
  • Basic Rights Oregon Education Fund
  • Bridgeport United Church of Christ
  • Capaces Leadership Institute
  • Cascade AIDS Project
  • Causa Oregon
  • Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO)
  • Sam Chase, Metro Councilor
  • City Club of Portland[7]
  • Coalition of Communities of Color
  • Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council
  • Community Alliance of Lane County
  • Community Alliance of Tenants
  • Council of Filipino-American Associations (CFAA)
  • Don Pancho Mercado
  • Eastside Democratic Club
  • Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
  • Edúcate Ya
  • El Jarro Azul
  • Enlace
  • Episcopal Bishop of Oregon
  • Fair Share Research and Education Fund
  • Hacienda CDC
  • Hect and Norman LLC
  • Hispanic Pros LLC
  • Immigrant Law Group
  • Immigrant Law Group PC
  • Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
  • Las Mujeres de la Raza
  • Latino Network
  • Latino Business Alliance
  • Latinos Unidos Siempre
  • Mano a Mano Family Center
  • Marandas and McClellan, LLC
  • M.E.Ch.A. de Southeast
  • Mi Tierra LLC
  • Methodist Federation for Social Action (OR-ID)
  • Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good
  • Mujeres Luchadores Progresistas
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • Northwest Workers’ Justice Project
  • Office of Life, Justice and Peace for the Archdioceses of Portland
  • OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
  • Oregon Action
  • Oregon AFL-CIO
  • Oregon Business Association
  • Oregon BUS Project
  • Oregon Center for the Christian Voices
  • Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
  • Oregon Dreamers
  • Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health
  • Oregon Latino Health Coalition
  • Oregon NOW
  • Oregon Association of Nurseries
  • Oregon Progressive
  • Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association
  • Oregon Voice
  • Oregon Walks
  • Oregon Winegrowers Association
  • Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Parkrose Community UCC
  • Partnership for Safety and Justice
  • PCUN
  • Plaza Latina
  • Pride at Work Oregon
  • Pride Foundation
  • Q Center
  • Rural Organizing Project
  • Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality
  • SEIU Local 49
  • SEIU Local 503
  • Self Enhancement, Inc
  • Slavic Community Center
  • Spect-Actors Collective
  • St. Andrew Catholic Church
  • Taco Loco
  • The Basement: An Eclectic Closet
  • United Agriculture Workers of America
  • United Farm Workers of America
  • United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 555
  • Urban League of Portland
  • Voz Hispana Causa Chavista
  • Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project
  • Western States Center
  • Widman Immigration Law Group
  • Wy’east Unitarian Universalist Congregation
  • Zion United Church of Christ


  • Ron Louie, Retired Hillsboro Police Chief


Yes on 88 for Safe Roads, "Yes on 88: Mayra," August 1, 2014

Yes on 88 for Safe Roads, "Yes on 88: Dr. Richardson," August 1, 2014

YES on Oregon Safe Roads provides the following arguments in favor of Measure 88 on their campaign website:

Vote YES for Safe Roads. Measure 88 is a common sense measure to keep our roads and communities safe.

Voting YES allows the DMV to issue “driver cards” to Oregon residents who meet the following requirements:

Pass the State’s written driver knowledge test; Pass the State’s behind-the-wheel driver test; Provide proof of residence in Oregon for more than one year; and Provide proof of identity and date of birth. The driver card may not be used as identification for air travel, to enter a federal building, to register to vote, or to obtain any government benefit requiring proof of citizenship or lawful presence in United States.

Driver cards help Oregon residents follow the law and improve safety for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians by reducing the number of uninsured and unlicensed drivers on the road.

Immigrant families and workers, seniors and veterans are among the thousands of Oregonians who need this option to safely get to work, church and school.[8]

—YES on Oregon Safe Roads, [9]

Campaign contributions

PAC info:

PAC Amount raised Amount spent
YES on Oregon Safe Roads $35,000.00 $91.00
Total $35,000.00 $91.00

Top contributors:

Donor Amount
SEIU Local 503 $10,000
Service Employees Int'L Union Local 49 Committee on Political Education (4213) $10,000
Basic Rights Oregon $5,000
ORLAPAC (193) $2,500
Pineros Y. Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, Inc. $2,500
Causa of Oregon $2,500
ACLU of Oregon $2,500


See also: Polls, 2014 ballot measures

Rasmussen Reports conducted a national poll of 1,000 likely voters on October 4 and 5, 2013, regarding attitudes towards immigration policies. Two of the questions included in the survey were:[10]

  • "Should illegal immigrants be eligible for driver’s licenses in your state?"
  • "Will allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses help or hurt public safety, or will it have no impact?"

Of likely voters, 68 percent opposed allowing illegal immigrants driver licenses and 22 percent favored such practices. The margin of error for the survey was plus or minus 3 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence.[11]

Path to the ballot

See also: Oregon signature requirements

In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 58,142 valid signatures within 90 days after the end of the 2013 legislative session. The secretary of state set the referendum's petition deadline for October 4, 2013.[4] Supporters turned in nearly 71,000 signatures, though the secretary of state's office confirmed that only 58,291 of these proved to be valid.[1]

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