Oregon Alternative Driver Licenses Referendum (2014)

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Alternative Driver Licenses Referendum
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Type:Veto referendum
Referred by:Citizens
Status:On the ballot
The Oregon Alternative Driver Licenses Referendum 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]


2014 measures
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November 4
Education Fund
Judge Hiring
Equal Rights
Alternative Licenses
Open Primaries
Legalized Marijuana
GMO Labeling
Local measures
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]

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:[6]

  • "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.[7]

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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