There’s been talk about Texas wanting to secede from the rest of the United States, but now the itch to leave liberal policies is inching up north. Five rural Oregon counties voted to secede from the state of Oregon and join the more politically conservative state of Idaho.
The Idaho Statesman reports:
Thousands of people in eastern Oregon voted Tuesday for their elected officials to consider ditching their state and becoming part of Idaho.
Voters in Sherman, Lake, Grant, Baker and Malheur counties all voted for ballot measures that would lead to them becoming Idahoans. People in Union and Jefferson counties had already voted in favor during the November election. . .
The vote is only the first step of the “Greater Idaho” project, which would allow some Oregon counties to join a state that advocates say more closely aligns with their political preferences.
The move has been in the works since “Move Oregon’s Border,” a Political Action Committee was formed in 2019. Breitbart reports, The Committee focuses on Oregon ballot initiatives, and “In March, Move Oregon’s Border founder Michael McCarter announced the establishment of a 501 c 4, Citizens for Greater Idaho, which will focus ‘on Idaho, Oregon, and beyond, to support the vision of Move Oregon’s Border.”
In a statement posted on the group’s website Wednesday, McCarter wrote, “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. 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.”
Also on Wednesday, Oregon Live reported “the signature-gathering effort ‘to gain political refuge from blue states, was hampered last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s now picking up some momentum. Several prominent elected officials in Idaho, including Gov. Brad Little, have expressed support for the movement.”