(Oregon Public Broadcasting) — Oregon's sheriffs voted April 17 to oppose a ballot measure that would allow the state to issue driver cards to residents who cannot prove their legal presence in the country.

Voters will decide the measure in the November election.

Republicans and Democrats supported the idea in the Legislature, and Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a bill into law last year. But an organization turned in enough signatures to qualify a referendum for the November ballot. That prevented the law from taking effect.

A state organization that represents 36 Oregon sheriffs voted to oppose the driver card bill.

"It's a safety issue and it just doesn't make sense," says Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin. "The majority of these sheriffs in Oregon know that there's a public safety issue here with these driver cards. We don't know who we're giving them to, we don't know exactly who that person is."

Twenty-eight sheriffs voted in opposition to the driver card law. Eight did not cast votes.
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