Two counties in Oregon are entertaining the possibility of being annexed by the state of Idaho, demands reportedly motivated by citizen displeasure with the direction of the Oregon state legislature.
"Rural counties have become increasingly outraged by laws coming out of the Oregon Legislature that threaten our livelihoods, our industries, our wallet, our gun rights, and our values. We tried voting those legislators out but rural Oregon is outnumbered and our voices are now ignored. This is our last resort," chief petitioner McCarter said in a statement.
The counties of Douglas and Josephine are both considering ballot proposals that would advance efforts by some citizens to have the counties absorbed into the neighboring state. Neither proposal would have much practical effect to that end beyond arguably symbolic measures.
The ballot measures would still need to collect thousands of signatures between them to be placed on the voting docket in November.