Five rural counties in Oregon voted to secede from the state on Tuesday, and voters have approved measures to join the state of Idaho.
The counties no longer want to be part of the liberal dominated state of Oregon, and I can't say I blame them.
The Hill reports:
Voters in Malheur, Sherman, Grant, Baker and Lake counties all approved measures that would require county officials to take steps to promote moving the Idaho border west to incorporate their populations.
Oregon voters favored President Biden over former President Trump by a 56 percent to 40 percent margin in 2020, but voters in those five rural counties gave between 69 percent and 79 percent of the vote to Trump.
They join two other rural counties — Jefferson and Union — whose voters approved measures promoting a move to Idaho last year.
“This election proves that rural Oregon wants out of Oregon. If Oregon really believes in liberal values such as self-determination, the Legislature won’t hold our counties captive against our will,” said Conservative activist Mike McCarter. “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.”
Sherman County’s ballot initiative required county commissioners to promote realigning the borders. The other four counties require commissioners to meet a few times a year to discuss the prospects of moving state lines.
Sherman, Jefferson and Lake counties are just east of the Cascade Mountains. Union, Baker, Grant and Malheur are farther east, and Malheur and Baker abut the current border with Idaho.
Voters in Harney County, east of the Cascades, and Douglas County, on the Pacific Coast, will vote on similar measures in future elections.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) has said he supports incorporating more Oregonians within his state’s borders. But altering state lines is extremely unlikely.
To actually move the state lines, Oregon's legislature would have to vote. Considering their legislature is controlled by Democrats, it would be an uphill battle.
In addition, the two states would have to come to a formal agreement and then it would have to be ratified by Congress.
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