Step 1: rural Oregon counties vote (non-binding)
Step 2: government of Idaho does analysis and holds hearings.
Step 3: state legislatures make a deal and pass it.
Step 4: hopefully the deal includes a plebiscite for rural Oregon to approve or disapprove the final deal.
Step 5: Congress approves
Before we can add California counties to Idaho, we need to complete phase 1: moving the Oregon/Idaho border. That’s why the current name of our 501c4 organization is Move Oregon’s Border.
To move the Oregon/Idaho border, we need to convince 3 groups. Each group gets its own campaign: rural Oregonians, Idahoans, and Oregon state legislators. Most of our current effort goes to the campaign to convince rural Oregonians (any voter in eastern or southern Oregon) to vote yes on moving the border. In November 2020, we hadn’t yet unified rural Oregonians behind the idea. Some had never heard of us, others still don’t understand that Republicans won’t win statewide elections anymore, and some were still holding out for the Oregon Legislature to let us have our own state and 2 Republican US senators. Consequently, we didn’t do as well in that election as we will in May 2021. The election results in the four counties that voted were: 52%, 51%, 49.5%, and 43% in favor. In order for our movement to make progress in either state’s legislature, we need another election with more convincing results.
The Washington State counties that Idaho would accept (Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin) don’t have many people, so it will be hard to get the Washington State Legislature’s attention until we have success in Oregon.