Another Oregon county to vote next week on possibly becoming part of Idaho


A measure introduced by the grassroots organization Citizens for a Greater Idaho has gained more than enough signatures to appear on the May ballot in the fourth-largest county in Oregon. Eight other Oregon counties have previously voted in favor of exploring the move.

Organizers say Idaho represent the conservative values of much of rural Oregon; they also argue conservatives in the solidly blue state are not adequately represented in government. The voting will take place on May 17.

Mike McCarter, president of the group behind the Greater Idaho movement, said:

The large number of excess signatures indicates enthusiasm in the county for the idea of moving the Oregon/Idaho border so that southern and eastern Oregon will be governed as a part of Idaho instead of Oregon.Rural Oregon is declaring as loudly as it can that it does not consent to being misgoverned by Oregon's leadership and chooses to be governed as part of a state that understands rural Oregon's values and way of making a living. We call on the Oregon Legislature to not dare to hold these counties captive.

Experts say changing state lines is complicated by myriad legal factors. State legislatures in both Oregon and Idaho, as well as the US Congress, would have to agree on the move.

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