PRESS RELEASE: Signature Gathering Begins in Douglas County

Signature Gathering Begins in Douglas County to Move Oregon’s Border, Rally Scheduled

A new non-profit called Move Oregon’s Border began collecting signatures on its petition February 28 in Douglas County. The group announced that their Douglas County petition was approved for circulation by the County Clerk that morning and is now available on their website for download and signing.

Their petition drive in the county will kick off with a rally at 10 AM on Saturday, March 7 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in the Community Conference Hall (capacity 900).

State Senate Minority Leader Herman Baertschiger said “Democrats should be paying attention to how unhappy these Oregonians are with the current regime to seek secession from Oregon. I would welcome the idea to serve on the Greater Idaho legislature!” CNN reported. Sen. Baertschiger’s district includes Josephine County, which has also awarded a ballot title to Move Oregon’s Border.

Move Oregon’s Border’s main Facebook group grew from 2500 members to 7200 members since it gained national publicity two weeks ago. It has 350 members living in Roseburg, where the rally will be held. The group must collect 2955 signatures to qualify for the November 3 ballot in Douglas County.

The main speaker at the event will be chief petitioner Mike McCarter, the president of Move Oregon’s Border. Everyone is welcome (even media personnel!). Free admission and light refreshments provided by event sponsor The Roseburg Beacon. The Roseburg Beacon is printed weekly.

Mike McCarter is commonly asked why he wants to move the border rather than simply moving his family to Idaho. McCarter says he sometimes responds “We’ve invested years into relationships with friends, family, employers, churches, shops, and the land. Our counties vote conservative. In fact they gave two Trump votes per Hillary vote in 2016. It makes more sense for conservative counties to be under Idaho governance than Oregon governance. Do you want all of us unhappy conservatives to build new housing in another state? Moving state borders is cheaper. Thousands of Californians made this state blue, but you want the conservatives whose families founded this state to move out?”

McCarter noted that when all taxes are considered, the overall tax rate in Idaho was lower than in Oregon in 2018, even before the recent Oregon tax increases went into effect.

Mike McCarter,
Chief Petitioner, county ballot initiatives
President, Move Oregon’s Border


Valerie Gottschalk,
Chief Petitioner, county ballot initiatives
Secretary, Move Oregon’s Border

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Douglas County BALLOT TITLE P-10-2020-02
Caption: Expand the Idaho State border to include Douglas County.

Question: Shall county resources be used to incorporate Douglas County within Idaho State’s border and thereafter be subject to Idaho’s laws.

Summary: A “yes” vote amends a Douglas County ordinance to allow the Board of Commissioners to expend financial resources and/or to authorize county officers, employees, and agents to persuade Oregon and Idaho state officials as well as federal officials to incorporate Douglas County within the borders of the State of Idaho and thereafter be subject to the laws of Idaho, not the laws of Oregon.

If approved the ballot measure requires an amendment to Douglas County Code 2.04.040 K to read as follows (amendment in italic bold):

K. To appropriate and expend county funds to advocate, oppose, and provide information on Federal and State, and State of Idaho, legislation, regulations, and administrative rules that affect the county and to authorize county officers, employees, and agents to communicate on matters of concern to the county with members, officers, employees, and agents of the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, the Oregon Senate, the Oregon House of Representatives, and Federal and State agencies, and Idaho Senate, Idaho House of Representatives, and Idaho State agencies.

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