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CLEVELAND -- Driving by a traffic camera in Cleveland could soon be a thing of the past. In November, Clevelanders could be voting on whether to keep or get rid of the cameras.

But the question is, if the issue gets on the November ballot, will the vote meet state or city laws?

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There are nearly 50 traffic cameras and another dozen portable ones, and they aren't exactly a welcomed site to most drivers.

"You get a ticket in the mail and you don't realize what you did or went through it or not and where's the proof you did it," said driver Carly Fidel.

But instead of getting angry, drivers could soon get to vote.

A citizen based group spent four and a half years gathering more than 13,000 signatures to put the issue on the ballot in November. The city validated more than 6,000 of them.

"It was introduced in 2005 as a way to raise revenue without putting it to a vote," said Jason Sonenshein with Liberate Ohio.

But the signatures could face a legal challenge.

The City of Cleveland basically doesn't have any requirements about the time frame for gathering the signatures, but the state does, only one year, leaving the question: if it's challenged, which one trumps the other?

Either way, drivers have their own opinion about whether to remove the cameras.

"Get rid of them. Yeah, I don't like them," said driver Briana Buckhalter.

"It helps people drive safe so I think they should be there," said driver Leo Cham.

"Maybe the police need to get out here with their cameras and do their job," said Sierra Crawford.

Cleveland City Council is expected to meet next week. They have to vote to officially put the issue on the ballot.

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