|Press Release: Eighth Oregon County Votes in Favor of Greater Idaho|
Harney County, Oregon voted heavily in favor of a ballot measure placed on the ballot by petitioners for the Greater Idaho movement in a special election Tuesday. This movement seeks to shift the Oregon/Idaho border to add eastern and southern Oregon counties to Idaho.
Voters in favor outnumbered those opposed 1.7 to 1: 63% voted in favor, 37% opposed. Greater Idaho was the only county-wide issue on the ballot, and there were no statewide races, and the turnout in Harney County was 70% higher than the statewide average for this month’s special elections.
Mike McCarter, president of Move Oregon’s Border, reacted to the vote: “rural Oregon is declaring as loudly as it can that it does not consent to being misgoverned by Oregon’s leadership and chooses to be governed as part of a state that understands rural Oregon’s values and way of making a living. We call on the Oregon Legislature to not dare to hold these counties captive. Let the people decide which legislature they shall govern themselves by. This week’s poll shows that Idaho is ready to accept our counties.”
In May, all five counties that voted on the issue voted in favor, averaging 62% in favor, 38% opposed. Two counties voted in favor in November 2020. Move Oregon’s Border says it has enough signatures to get the issue on the May 2022 ballot in Douglas County and Klamath County. Citizens are still collecting signatures for the movement in Curry, Josephine, Morrow, and Umatilla counties. “In Coos, Crook, Gilliam, Wheeler, and Wallowa counties, we are asking citizens to contact their county commissioners to put an advisory question on their ballot,” said Mike McCarter, “however, we don’t need a vote from every county just to convince the state legislatures to move the border. We’re asking everyone to contact their state legislators now.”
A poll released Monday shows that Idahoan voters are strongly in favor of adding these counties to Idaho. A June poll found Oregonians undecided on the issue.
“Northwestern Oregon should want to let eastern and southern Oregon counties join Idaho. Because if they do, then state income tax revenue would improve by hundreds of dollars per person annually, because the per capita personal income of these counties is only as high as Idaho’s. Also, our counties elect representatives who gridlock the Oregon Legislature. If the Legislature wants to make progress, they’ll have to let our counties go,” McCarter said.
COMMENTS by 8 from 1 to make New States.
This is only one of many examples of other states also wanting to make structural changes by forming new states. Some of the differences between 8 from 1 and Greater Idaho are:
1. 8 from 1 requires approval from ONE state legislature to form new states, not two or more.
2. 8 from 1 decentralizes government into smaller states for more LOCAL state and federal government CONTROL.
3. 8 from 1 is INCLUSIVE of all 58 counties; everyone benefits.
4. 8 from 1 counties’ will not have to conform to another state’s laws or tax structure. Each new state will MAKE ITS OWN REPUBLIC CONSTITUTIONAL with LAWS to suit its respective counties’ needs and happiness.
5. 8 from 1 will have a ONE-TIME special advisory vote from all 58 counties representing each of their determined 8 states to present to the legislature. A favorable vote should be all that’s needed to speed the process to completion.
6. 8 from 1, during the transition county governments will be in place to serve the people until state government elections are held.
7. FOLLOW THE ROAD SIGN TO SUCCESS