On Tuesday, Oregon voters rejected an initiative (Measure 88) to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants even after the proponents for the licenses outspent opponents by more than ten to one.
The vote was not even close, as Oregon news outlets called the race right after polls closed.
With 80% of the votes in, nearly 70% (66.7%) of Oregon voters rejected the measure, while 32.5% approved. Last month, 61% of likely voters in Oregon said they were opposed to the measure, with 53% of those voters saying they were certain to vote against it.
According to KGW, the driver’s license would allow illegal immigrants to “drive in the state for four years.” Illegal immigrants who had “lived in the state for at least a year” would have been eligible.
After Oregon Governor John Kitzahber (D) signed the law that approved driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants in 2013, the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses group formed and gathered the required number of signatures to refer the issue to the ballot.