Initiatives for an effort to move the Oregon/Idaho border will be on the May 18 ballot in five Oregon counties, according to the group known as 'Move Oregon’s Border'. County clerks have already awarded measure numbers to initiatives in Grant, Malheur, and Sherman counties. The organization promoting the movement announced that they had submitted 141% of the signatures required in Baker and Lake counties, but await signature verification for those counties.
The effort ultimately seeks to move the border to include counties from Southern and Eastern Oregon, as well as the Northernmost part of California, as part of Idaho.
According to the organization’s website, greateridaho.org, the effort continues to collect signatures in seven other counties where no vote has occurred yet: Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Harney, Morrow, and Umatilla counties. Oregon state law allows 24 months to collect signatures for ballot initiatives.
According to the group, Facebook permanently disabled the effort's Facebook page and groups on January 5, including a group that had 12,000 members. But the group is continuing the effort via email, and a presence on other social media sites such as Twitter, MeWe, Parler, Gab, and Telegram.
“Oregon is a powder keg because counties that belong in a red-state like Idaho are ruled by Portlanders," said Mike McCarter, President of Move Oregon’s Border.
“The lockdown has affected the whole state, but we saw Oregon give COVID relief to urban Oregon instead of rural Oregon. Rural Oregon is unrepresented in the Democratic caucuses in the Oregon House and Senate. Since state leadership doesn’t consult Republicans, rural interests are completely ignored when it comes time to apportion state spending around the state. This state protects Antifa arsonists, not normal Oregonians, it prioritizes one race above another for vaccines and program money and in the school curriculum, and it prioritizes Willamette Valley above rural Oregon," added McCarter.
When asked why his followers haven’t moved to Idaho, McCarter said “We love our communities. We’re tied into them. It’s just the state government that we can’t stand.”