UNION COUNTY, OR - Four counties in Oregon voted on the idea of moving the Oregon/Idaho state border to allow Oregon counties to become a part of a greater Idaho. County measures passed in Union County and Jefferson County, but only had 49.5% of the vote in Wallowa County as of midnight. The measures require county commissioners to consider the idea of moving the border.
In Douglas County, a non-binding ballot question about the topic was placed on the ballot by county commissioners as allowed by Oregon law, but it only has 43% of the vote as of 3:00 a.m.
Mike McCarter, president of Move Oregon’s Border said, “The idea of joining Idaho is new to Oregon voters and they need more time to learn that Idaho taxes are lower, even with all taxes considered, and that Idaho law respects traditional values in many ways that Oregon law does not.”
“The friction between conservatives and the Left in Oregon and California will continue to increase as their expectations diverge, so moving the border will eventually be seen as the necessary, peaceful solution to this problem. The reaction of Oregon government to the execution of Trump supporter ‘Jay’ Danielson in Portland shows that they will not protect people who are not on their leftist team. This is not a sustainable situation.”
“I think the wins in Union and Jefferson counties justify some effort on the part of the government of Idaho to quantify the pros and cons of moving the border so that we can improve the quality of the debate on this issue. Rural Oregon counties would have have a higher income per person than Idaho does, so our counties would be a benefit to Idaho’s state budget. Yet rural Oregon has a lower income per person than Oregon, so it is a drain on Oregon’s budget. Another benefit for the Oregon Legislature would be that they could get things done and maintain their quorum and their super-majority. Rural Oregon votes almost exactly the same as Idaho does, so there should be no concerns in Idaho.”
“State legislators from both states have agreed to attend our meeting later this month to plan next steps in state government,” McCarter said.
Move Oregon’s Border continues to collect signatures for the May 2021 local elections in 11 counties where county clerks approved signature collection. The deadline is February 17.
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 hate.”