Five Rural Oregon Counties Vote to Secede to Idaho

Chris Menahan
May. 20, 2021

Five rural counties have voted in favor of taking steps to secede from Democrat-controlled Oregon to join Greater Idaho.

I can't imagine why they'd want to leave!

From Oregon Live, "More Oregon counties vote to move into Idaho, part of rural effort to 'gain political refuge from blue states'":
Five eastern Oregon counties voted Tuesday in favor of considering becoming part of Idaho. Baker, Grant, Lake, Malheur and Sherman counties join Union and Jefferson, which voted last year to require county officials to study or promote joining Idaho.

Grant voted 1,471 to 895 for county officials "to meet and discuss relocating Idaho border."

Lake voted 1,341 to 463 for the "relocation of Idaho border" to be taken up in "county board of commissioners meetings."

Malheur voted 3,050 to 2,572 for "county court meetings regarding relocation of Oregon-Idaho border."

Sherman voted 429 to 260 in favor of "promoting moving Oregon-Idaho border."

Baker voted 3,064 to 2,307 for county commissioners "to meet three times per year to discuss a proposal to include 18 counties, including Baker, as part of Idaho," the Baker City Herald reported. Baker County results are not yet available from the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.

The grassroots group Move Oregon's Border for a Greater Idaho wants to flip Oregon's mostly rural eastern and southern counties -- plus a few northern counties in California -- into Idaho, believing they'd be better off in Idaho's more conservative political environment. It's hoping that political pressure from county initiative votes will lead to negotiations between Oregon and Idaho to move the border between the two states, putting up to 22 of Oregon's 36 counties in Idaho.
There's a realignment happening.

Trump being in office pacified the right but now that he's out of the picture and Democrats are declaring war on half the country the shift is happening faster than ever.
Moving Oregon counties into Idaho remains a long shot, for no matter how many Oregon counties say they want to be part of Idaho, the two state legislatures -- and ultimately the U.S. Congress -- would have to give their approval.
For all we know, the Democrats may want them gone.

Regardless, when the collapse happens there will be nothing to stop them.

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