‘Greater Idaho’ group files for 2022 ballot measure in Douglas county

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore — Representatives with the Greater Idaho movement says it submitted signatures for a 2022 ballot consideration in Douglas county.

On Tuesday, the group shared it gathered nearly 3700 signatures for an election, in which 2,955 signatures are needed. The ballot initiative plans to amend an ordinance that would allow county officers to advocate for legislation that would affect the county, including the push to move the Idaho border.

The group’s proposal is to incorporate all of eastern and southern Oregon into Idaho, forming a “Greater Idaho.”

“In this campaign, we are asking our fans to connect us with potential major donors so that we can deliver a convincing win in Douglas and Klamath counties, Mike McCarter, president of Citizens for Greater Idaho, said in a release. ” We want to spend $25k in Klamath County and at least $40k in Douglas County so voters will understand how much better Idaho governance is than Oregon governance.”

McCarter said he is submitting signatures in Klamath county to trigger a ballot measure, to create a county board that would,  “evaluate the benefits to the county of moving the state border.”

Despite ballot measures, the movement of the state border would require approval from both Oregon and Idaho legislatures, as well as the U.S. Congress.

Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]
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