Harney & Sherman County Clerks approve “Move Oregon’s Border” petitions for circulation. Other Clerks taken to court. A group called “Move Oregon’s Border” has begun signature collection in Harney and Sherman counties to make rural Oregon a part of Idaho. Their petitions were approved for circulation by the Harney County Clerk on April 25 and the Sherman County Clerk on April 30 and are now available for download at www.GreaterIdaho.org The movement needs to collect only 213 valid signatures from Harney County voters and 60 signatures from Sherman County voters by August 5 to put their initiatives on the November ballot in those counties.
The president of that group, Mike McCarter, said “We recently applied in twenty counties of rural Oregon. Seven counties have given us approval to circulate our petition: Sherman, Harney, Curry, Douglas, Josephine, Grant, and Umatilla, and approval from an eighth county is coming next week. We are still waiting to hear from Jackson County. Eleven counties have rejected all of our applications: Coos, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Crook, Jefferson, Wheeler, Gilliam, Morrow, Union, and Baker counties, so we are preparing to challenge the decisions of county clerks in court.
We’ve filed court challenges in the circuit courts of Jefferson, Crook, and Malheur counties, and are getting ready to challenge more next week.” The movement is not filing a statewide petition in 2020, so only voters of certain counties may sign one of the movement’s petitions. Mike McCarter said “Despite the lockdown, you can still download and print a petition from GreaterIdaho.org or pick one up at an essential business that has them.” Mike McCarter, leader of the “move Oregon’s border for a greater Idaho” movement said, “Our movement is not dependent on petitions.
We are asking the movement in every rural Oregon county to put an equal effort into the parallel strategy of asking their county commissioners to ‘refer’ an advisory question to the November ballot in their county. If a county court or a county board refers it to the ballot, we don’t have to collect any signatures, and they get to let their voters decide. This is the question that they can put on the ballot: ‘Should county commissioners advocate for the Idaho border to be relocated to make this county a county of Idaho?’” McCarter added, “If you love your county but you are sick of your state government, then help us move the state border. Idaho’s governance fits our needs and our values better.” Press: for hi-res images of the signatures being collected in Josephine County, the rally in Douglas County, or the maps, email CascadeCarry@Outlook.com
Mike McCarter responded to the state government’s actions regarding COVID-19 in the previous press release here: http://www.greateridaho.org/the_downloads/2020/20200420_Press_Release.pdf
A Move Oregon’s Border petition may be picked up at these essential businesses: Hermiston: Delish Bistro, 1725 N 1st St, Ste E, Hermiston 11am-8pm Tues-Sa Roseburg: The Roseburg Beacon 950 S.E. Washington Avenue (business hours) Myrtle Creek: Nick’s Dollar Mart 101 N Old Pacific Hwy open 4am-11pm Wilbur: Whit-Log Trailers 8127 Old Hwy 99 North, Roseburg Mon-Fri: 7:30 am -5;30 pm Sat: 8 am- Noon Mike McCarter, Leader, “Move Oregon’s border for a greater Idaho” movement President, Move Oregon’s Border 501(c)(4), P.O. Box 1294, La Pine, Oregon, 97739 For earlier press releases, visit www.GreaterIdaho.org Please read our FAQ here: www.greateridaho.org/the_downloads/2020/main/FAQ.pdf And our main document here: www.greateridaho.org/the_downloads/2019/main/Greater_Idaho_Proposal.pdf
The main Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/GreaterIdaho For info on asking your county commissioner to put greater Idaho on the ballot, visit: www.facebook.com/groups/GreaterIdaho/permalink/493538354644093 If your business or office would like to be announced as a signing location in rural Oregon, where people can pick up and drop off petitions, contact Move Oregon’s Border. If you don’t have a business, please find one that would be willing to do this. verifying sources:
Sherman County ballot title: https://www.co.sherman.or.us/documents/pp-2020-04-notice-of-countymeasure-ballot-title-2-pdf/
Malheur County Circuit Court filing https://oregon.tylerhost.net/ViewDocuments.aspx?FID=4ce09ac2- fdc3-4102-8f04-3dfa43aa31f2
Jefferson County Circuit Court filing https://oregon.tylerhost.net/ViewDocuments.aspx?FID=c116dbd1- 1135-4f66-9108-6691497e6b9e
Crook County Circuit Court filing https://oregon.tylerhost.net/ViewDocuments.aspx?FID=6e819686- 9b3a-4498-b355-f6af29df763e