Five Counties allowed measures telling officials to decide to change the border.
A couple of counties in Oregon, on May 18, gave their votes to consider joining the state of Idaho. It is a part of a movement to break away from the state-dominated by politicians in Portland.
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Malheur. Sherman, Grant, Baker, and Lake are the counties that approved different measures that force the county officials to consider moving the Idaho border to the West.
The basic-level group ‘Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho’ aims to have the eastern rural counties. They what these counties because they would be better off with Idaho’s conservative leadership.
“This election proves that rural Oregon wants out of Oregon,” said Mike McCarter on May 18. “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.”
McCarter explained that the bid to join Idaho is a lifestyle judgment that divides rural and urban residents.
Oregon’s Jefferson and Union counties allowed some measures even last year. Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho petitioners want to take some of Northern California’s counties. Also, they are mostly rural.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little spoke to Fox News and said that Oregonians are “looking at Idaho fondly because of our regulatory atmosphere” and “our values.”
The process is going to take a long time because it needs a formal vote in the Democratic-controlled Oregon legislature. If that passes, Oregon and Idaho would have to make a deal ratified by the U.S. Congress.
If we turn back to U.S. history, we will see that moving borders is a rare occurrence, and it happened before the 20th century. In 1792, Kentucky was created from Virginia, Maine from Massachusetts in 1820, and W. Virginia in 1863.
McCarter spoke to the media outlets and said that Idaho State Reps. Barbara Ehardt and Judy Boyle wanted to introduce a bill about relocating the Idaho-Oregon border in January 2022.