Press Release:
Greater Idaho will be on the ballot in 5 counties in May

Ballot initiatives regarding moving the Oregon/Idaho border will be on the May 18, 2021 ballot in five Oregon counties, announced Move Oregon’s Border. County clerks have already awarded measure numbers to their initiatives in Grant, Malheur, and Sherman counties. Additionally, Move Oregon’s Border, the organization promoting the greater Idaho movement, announced that they had submitted 141% of the signatures required in Baker and Lake counties on Tuesday and Wednesday. They await signature verification for those counties.

According to the organization’s website, greateridaho.org , Move Oregon’s Border continues to collect signatures in seven other counties where no vote has occurred yet: Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Harney, Morrow, and Umatilla counties. State law allows 24 months to collect signatures for ballot initiatives.

On January 5, Facebook permanently disabled the Facebook page and groups of Move Oregon’s Border, including a Facebook group that had 12,000 members. However, thanks to newsletter sign-ups at its website, greateridaho.org , the group has an email list of 3700 addresses. It also has a presence on other social media sites such as Twitter, MeWe, Parler, Gab, and Telegram. Parler was recently restarted, and Gab now has enough servers for its traffic.

Mike McCarter, president of Move Oregon’s Border, stated “Oregon is a powder keg because counties that belong in a red-state like Idaho are ruled by Portlanders” in response to MoonshotCVE’s study showing that Oregon is, by far, the state that does the most Google searching regarding armed groups, and regarding election violence. Curry County scored the highest. https://moonshotcve.com/from-s....hitposting-to-sediti

He added, “The lockdown has affected the whole state, but we saw Oregon give COVID relief to urban Oregon instead of rural Oregon. Rural Oregon is unrepresented in the Democratic caucuses in the Oregon House and Senate. Since state leadership doesn’t consult Republicans, rural interests are completely ignored when it comes time to apportion state spending around the state. This state protects Antifa arsonists, not normal Oregonians, it prioritizes one race above another for vaccines and program money and in the school curriculum, and it prioritizes Willamette Valley above rural Oregon. ”

Mike McCarter responded to the President of the Oregon Senate’s remarks about greater Idaho by stating, “Divisions in Oregon are getting dangerous, so we see the relocation of the border as a way to keep the peace. It's not divisive. Oregon and Idaho are already divided by a state line. The problem is that the location of the state line was decided 161 years ago and is now outdated. Its current location doesn’t match the cultural divide in Oregon. The Oregon/Washington border was updated in 1958. The Oregon/Idaho border was not.” Senator Courtney’s remarks are here: https://katu.com/news/your-voi....ce-your-vote/push-to

Mike McCarter said, “Kate Brown’s proposal to close a state prison in Lake County is an insult because Lake County already gets less than its share of state spending according to the study we did for Lake County commissioners. Our study showed that counties of the same population density and per capita personal income in Idaho get more money from their state than Lake County’s government does, even though Idaho’s overall tax rates are lower than Oregon’s. Cutting this prison will ensure that Lake County votes to join Idaho.”

When asked why his followers haven’t moved to Idaho, McCarter said “We love our communities. We’re tied into them. It’s just the state government that we can’t stand.”

Mike McCarter
President, Move Oregon’s Border

Grant County: Measure 12-77
Malheur County: Measure 23-64
Sherman County: Measure 28-46

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Oregon is a powder keg because counties that belong in Idaho are ruled by Portlanders. Solution: peacefully move the Oregon/Idaho border.

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Press Release #greateridaho
Four counties in Oregon voted on the idea of moving the Oregon/Idaho state border to allow Oregon counties to become a part of a greater Idaho. County measures passed in Union County and Jefferson County, but only had 49.5% of the vote in Wallowa County as of midnight. The measures require county commissioners to consider the idea of moving the border.

In Douglas County, a non-binding ballot question about the topic was placed on the ballot by county commissioners as allowed by Oregon law, but it only has 43% of the vote as of 3 AM.

In Douglas County, misperceptions that the campaign to collect signatures had ended in failure led to the belief that putting a question about the idea on the ballot was somehow anti-democratic. This false belief increased opposition to the measure. In actuality, the commissioners’ decision to put it on the ballot was only an acknowledgement that the campaign still had 18 more months to collect 30 more signatures, so a question about the idea would certainly appear on the ballot by May 2021 anyway. Although Move Oregon’s Border missed the deadline for the November 2020 election, a few days later it had met the deadline for the following election.

Oregon allows 24 months to collect signatures for a ballot initiative, and Move Oregon’s Border collected the required number in Douglas County within 6 months despite the pandemic. It collected the required number in Union County in 3 months, and Wallowa and Jefferson counties in 2 months.

Move Oregon’s Border has not yet announced whether it will submit the Douglas County signatures for the May 2021 election or for a later election.

Mike McCarter, president of Move Oregon’s Border said, “The idea of joining Idaho is new to Oregon voters and they need more time to learn that Idaho taxes are lower, even with all taxes considered, and that Idaho law respects traditional values in many ways that Oregon law does not.”

“The friction between conservatives and the Left in Oregon and California will continue to increase as their expectations diverge, so moving the border will eventually be seen as the necessary, peaceful solution to this problem. The reaction of Oregon government to the execution of Trump supporter ‘Jay’ Danielson in Portland shows that they will not protect people who are not on their leftist team. This is not a sustainable situation.”

“I think the wins in Union and Jefferson counties justify some effort on the part of the government of Idaho to quantify the pros and cons of moving the border so that we can improve the quality of the debate on this issue. Rural Oregon counties would have have a higher income per person than Idaho does, so our counties would be a benefit to Idaho’s state budget. Yet rural Oregon has a lower income per person than Oregon, so it is a drain on Oregon’s budget. Another benefit for the Oregon Legislature would be that they could get things done and maintain their quorum and their super-majority. Rural Oregon votes almost exactly the same as Idaho does, so there should be no concerns in Idaho.”

“State legislators from both states have agreed to attend our meeting later this month to plan next steps in state government,” McCarter said.

Move Oregon’s Border continues to collect signatures for the May 2021 local elections in 11 counties where county clerks approved signature collection. The deadline is February 17.

Move Oregon’s Border announced that it had lost a court case in Crook County, where a state judge ruled that the form of the ballot initiative proposed for that county’s ballot was “not legislative.” However, a state judge in Lake County is still considering allowing Move Oregon’s Border to collect signatures for a similar county initiative in Lake County.

When asked why his followers haven’t moved to Idaho, McCarter said “We love our communities. We’re tied into them. It’s just the state government that we hate.”

Press: for hi-res photos or maps, email admin@greateridaho.org
For earlier press releases, visit www.GreaterIdaho.org
Please read our FAQ here: www.greateridaho.org/the_downl....oads/2020/main/FAQ.p
Read our main document here: www.greateridaho.org/the_downl....oads/2019/main/Great
The main Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/GreaterIdaho
To get a petition, one option is to download and print two-sided (turn the page over) from GreaterIdaho.org Another option is to pick up a petition at the businesses listed here: www.facebook.com/groups/GreaterIdaho/permalink/568593160471945

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Vote for moving the border this election, and collect signatures to get on the ballot for next election. #greateridaho Please donate to our campaign here: https://donorbox.org/move-oregon-s-border
FAQ: www.greateridaho.org/the_downl....oads/2020/main/FAQ.p
Our proposal: www.greateridaho.org/the_downl....oads/2020/main/Great

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About

The Oregon / Idaho border was established 161 years ago and is now outdated. It makes no sense in its current location. The Oregon / Washington border was updated in 1958. The Oregon / Idaho border was not.
We are a group of 10,000 people working to convince Oregon and California to move their borders to put conservative counties on the other side of their borders to enlarge the territory of Idaho, a red state.
Anyone can collect signatures in certain counties to force this issue onto the ballot. To get a petition, one option is to download from www.GreaterIdaho.org and print on both sides of the page (turn it over).
Rural Oregonians can ask their county commissioners to put a non-binding advisory question about this on the county ballot. Please donate to our campaign.
Learn more: www.greateridaho.org