Five rural counties in Oregon voted to secede from Oregon and join the state of Idaho.
Voters in Sherman, Lake, Grant, Baker, and Malheur counties approved a measure that would start the process of seceding.
Union and Jefferson County already voted in favor of a measure to join Idaho during the November election.
“This election proves that rural Oregon wants out of Oregon,” said Move Oregon’s Border founder and president of Citizens for Greater Idaho Mike McCarter. “If Oregon really believes in liberal values such as self-determination, the Legislature won’t hold our counties captive against our will. If we’re allowed to vote for which government officials we want, we should be allowed to vote for which government we want as well.”
According to McCarter, the governor of Idaho and the leadership of both chambers of the states’ legislature support the effort to absorb the counties.
The measure has received increasing support since the November election.
“We got on the ballot too early in those counties, before voters had heard of the idea, and before we could educate them on the benefits of joining Idaho, and before we had money for ads,” said McCarter. “The results this week prove that we were right to spend a little money on educating the voters in these counties.”
We only spent a tenth of the spending per voter that a typical state senator campaign spends, but it was enough,” continued McCarter “Now we need to raise funds for the next counties. Greater Idaho will be on the ballot in Douglas, Harney, and probably several other counties where citizens are still collecting signatures or asking county commissioners to put it on the ballot. Crook County commissioners invited us to a meeting next week to discuss putting it on the ballot.”