Organizers of the ballot title say they feel southern Oregon residents are often ignored by lawmakers. The idea would include several rural counties: Josephine, Jackson, Coos, Douglas, Klamath and more.
Petitioner Mike McCarter says rural counties tried voting legislators out, but are simply outnumbered. He believes becoming part of Idaho is a last resort.
“Idaho is very conservative in their rural values and beside the Boise area, most all of Idaho is rural. So they look at their counties differently and their people differently, as far as taking care of them,” McCarter said.
The Josephine County District Attorney prepared a ballot title, but there’s still many more steps needed, including gathering thousands of signatures and passing through Josephine County Court.
McCarter says the idea is gaining support and they plan to continue their efforts to make this happen. According to the prospective petition, the last time state lines were moved was in 1961. That was between Minnesota and North Dakota.
Ballot Title: https://www.co.josephine.or.us/SIB/files/Clerk/notice%20for%20website.pdf
Anna Weeks is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a degree in Digital Communication Arts and a minor in writing. Previously, she interned with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Originally from the Portland area, Anna is excited to explore Southern Oregon. In her free time, she can be found reading, running or watching sports.