By Kelsey Vlamis, Business Insider
- Seven rural Oregon counties have voted in favor of leaving Oregon and joining Idaho.
- The effort is led by a group that says Idaho values align better with rural Oregon.
- Oregon voted for Biden, while Idaho voted overwhelmingly for Trump.
Five rural counties in Oregon voted on Tuesday in favor of leaving Oregon and becoming part of Idaho, joining two other counties that already voted in favor of the idea last year.
The ballot measures called on officials in each county to start considering the move, and are the first step of the “Greater Idaho” movement, which aims to expand the state of Idaho to include rural Oregon and part of California.
Activists say Oregon’s government does not represent the conservative values of the much of the state, and that none of the Democrats in the state legislature represent a rural area.