Measure 88, which would have provided driver cards to those who can’t prove their legal residency, failed by a huge margin in Tuesday’s election.
As of 2 a.m. Wednesday, voters were rejecting the measure 67 percent to 33 percent, with more than 75 percent of ballots tallied.
The measure pitted unions, some business groups and immigrant-rights organizations against a meagerly funded but tenacious campaign that referred the issue to the ballot after it passed the state Legislature and was signed into law by Gov. John Kitzhaber in May 2013.
Cynthia Kendoll, president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, was excited about the outcome.
“I’m thrilled, needless to say,” she said late Tuesday. “It went the way we hoped it would go and all the hard work we did has paid off.”
She said the outcome was a victory for those who are “sick and tired of big business, special interest groups and unions controlling our government.”
She said those groups are trying to define what the state’s laws look like but “Oregonians could see right through it.”