Five Oregon counties vote to move into ‘Greater Idaho’

LAKE Co., Ore. – Five more Oregon counties have voted to become part of ‘Greater Idaho’. One of those areas is Lake County. But before any actual change occurs several more steps are needed. Lake County voters decided to join Jefferson and Union Counties in supporting the movement.

Many rural Oregonians believe their political beliefs align more with Idaho than Oregon.  It’s now being discussed within the Lake County Board of Commissioners.

“It definitely sends a message that people are frustrated, especially on the east side of the state where they don’t feel like their vote is counted and they don’t get to be heard as much,” said Barry Shullanberger, Lake Co. Commissioner.

While the issue has sparked local and even national attention it has a long way to go before any change actually occurs. The county votes are largely just symbolic. It would have to be approved by both the Oregon and Idaho legislature before the U.S. Congress would have to approve it.

Baker, Grant, Malheur, and Sherman Counties also voted to move Oregon’s border on Tuesday.

NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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