After a night of uncertainty during the Massachusetts midterm elections, he won the “yes” option on Question 4 of the ballot on the law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain a state driver’s license.
Political leaders and community members awaited the results Tuesday night, however, it was not until Wednesday at noon that 95 percent of the votes were counted and Yes was awarded victory.
The state law goes into effect on July 1, 2023 and in its wording it maintains that applicants must meet several requirements to be eligible for a driver’s license in Massachusetts.
Measure became law after the Democratic-controlled Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate override a veto by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in June.
The Latino community mobilized very early this Tuesday to vote in these midterm elections in which the future of the driver’s license law in the state of Massachusetts will also be decided.
Massachusetts becomes the 17th state to offer the option of driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. More than 180,000 undocumented immigrants will be able to benefit from the state law, which community organizations won after almost two decades of struggle.