Massachusetts voters will now be getting a chance to decide if those illegally living in Massachusetts should be given licenses.
A group of citizens has gotten 50,617 signatures verified, over the 40,000 required to put the law on the ballot in November.
The bill, the “Work and Family Mobility Act,” was initially vetoed by Governor Charlie Baker — but Democrats overrode his veto.
A group of citizens opposed to a new state law that puts driver’s licenses in the hands of people living illegally in Massachusetts has collected enough signatures to potentially overturn the measure.
Jim Lyons, chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, confirmed on Aug. 22 that of the 75,000 signatures the group collected, 50,617 of them have been certified by the Massachusetts Secretary of the State—putting them well over the 40,000 signatures required to put the new Democrat-driven law to a ballot vote in November.
Some of those gathering signatures faced violent attacks.
One said he was assaulted, another said he was spat on, and protesters allegedly flipped over signature tables and ripped up pages as well.
One Republican Governor candidate condemned the attacks saying they were “acts of intimidation.”
Republican gubernatorial candidate Geoff Diehl condemned “acts of intimidation” that he claimed have been occurring against people supporting a potential ballot question that would seek to repeal a new state law allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
Diehl, a former state rep who supports the ballot measure, said in a Friday statement that people gathering signatures for it have been “heckled, intimidated and threatened.”
Governor Charlie Baker warned that this law could lead to more voter fraud because those in the state illegally would automatically be registered to vote.