Thousands of residents of five rural Oregon counties voted Tuesday in favor of a petition calling on their elected officials to take action to become part of the state of Idaho because of the more conservative policies in place there.
The state of Oregon is driving its residents away with its continued progressive policies. With many of its citizens tired of this trend, Sherman, Lake, Grant, Baker and Malheur counties voted in favor of the proposal to secede from the state of Oregon and join the neighboring state of Idaho, with a much more conservative imprint.
The five counties were joined in the request by two other counties, Union and Jefferson, which already approved the measure during the November election, the Idaho Statesman reported.
The initiative seeks to have county elected officials meet to discuss and consider an official border transfer to Idaho as soon as possible.
With a majority of voters coming out in favor of the resolution, county commissioners in each of the seven counties are now required to meet to discuss moving forward with the measure.
The seven-county initiative appears to be just the tip of the iceberg as the “Greater Idaho” proposal, a movement to relocate 22 Oregon counties to a state that more accurately represents them politically, which would be Idaho’s case because of its conservative leanings, gains momentum.
According to the Greater Idaho website, it would not be the first time such a thing has happened in the United States. State lines have been relocated many times in the country’s history because “all it takes is an interstate compact between two state legislatures and congressional approval.”
“The purpose of having state lines is to allow this variance. The Oregon/Idaho border was established 161 years ago and is now outdated. It makes no sense in its current location because it doesn’t match the location of the cultural divide in Oregon. The Oregon/Washington border was updated in 1958. It’s time to move other borders,” the website asserts.
Proponents of the proposal argue that the “swaths of conservative, pro-Trump, anti-tax voters” in rural Oregon have more in common with the state of Idaho.
Oregon, which currently has two Democratic U.S. senators in the U.S. Senate, has voted blue in presidential elections since 1988, while Idaho, with two Republican U.S. senators, has voted red in presidential races since 1968.
Mike McCarter, president of Citizens for Greater Idaho, said in a press release that rural Oregon counties are fed up with the leftist policies that have been hurting them for years. “They threaten our livelihoods, our industries, our wallet, our gun rights and our values.”
For his part, Idaho’s Republican Governor Brad Little came out in favor of the measure, although he acknowledged that it has a long way to go before it becomes a reality.
In a statement, Gov. Little said, “I understand why many people want to be Idahoans. They’re looking at Idaho fondly because of our strong economy, regulatory atmosphere and our values.
“Still, the decision to change Idaho and Oregon’s borders would need to go through both states’ legislatures and the U.S. Congress for approval.
“There’s a lot that needs to happen before the border is within the realm of possibility.”