Seven counties are so furious about its government that they want to secede from Oregon.
Five rural counties have voted in favour of the “Greater Idaho” movement in which Idaho would be expanded to include their counties – joining another two that supported the idea last year – because they claim Oregon doesn’t represent their conservative values.
“Oregon passes laws that kill industries in eastern, central, and southern Oregon. They don’t protect us from rioters, forest arsonists, or school curricula that teach kids to hate Americans and Americanism. And they pass laws that violate our conscience. We can’t let our money support their system anymore. We are outnumbered, we don’t have leverage, and things will continue to get worse,” their website reads.
It added that none of the Democrats in the state legislature represent a rural area and - in a 41-page proposal - outlines a way in which the state borders could be changed to reflect their aims - although Oregon and Idaho state legislatures and the US congress would have to approve it for it to work.
The seven counties that have voted in favour of the proposal — Lake, Grant, Baker, Malheur, Union, and Jefferson — overwhelmingly voted for President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, as did Idaho, where Trump gained 64 per cent of the state’s votes.
However, in its totality, Oregon voted for Biden - he got 57 per cent of the vote.
Greater Idaho’s goal would involve about three-quarters of Oregon’s land area to become part of Idaho. It calls the situation a win-win for everyone in the state, saying the more urban northwest portion of the state “would be free of ‘low-income, Trump-voting counties.’”
“Idaho respects traditional morality and justice, and it doesn’t get in the way of rural livelihoods. It has lower tax rate and a lower cost of living,” the group says. “We need to unite our neighbors around the idea of moving the border so that we can convince state legislators to stop holding our counties captive in a blue state.”
The group are also selling merchandise including jumpers to really cement their message - and get funds needed to campaign.