Move Oregon's Border moving forward despite advisory question failure

Chief petitioner Michael McCarter said it helped them better understand where Douglas County stands on the issue right now.

Posted: Nov 4, 2020 4:12 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Leaders of the Move Oregon’s Border to Idaho initiative say they’re not giving up yet, even though the advisory question failed in Tuesday’s election.

The question asked voters if they would like commissioners, state representatives and senators to work to move the Idaho border to include parts of Oregon.

Out of more than 61,000 votes, 57% of voters said no.

However, chief petitioner Michael McCarter said they are thankful to the county commissioners for putting the question on the ballot. He said it helped them better understand where Douglas County stands on the issue right now.

“We feel like the commissioners did it the proper way,” he said. “They didn’t come out in favor or against it, they just wanted to hear what the people had to say about it.”

Originally, McCarter said they had until Aug. 5 to collect 2,955 signatures from Douglas County to put the possible legislation on the ballot this November. He said they were 30 signatures short.

However, McCarter said they collected those last signatures over the last few months and could possibly get it on the ballot in 2021 or 2022.

He said he’s not sure when they’ll submit those signatures. Based on the results from the advisory question, McCarter said he wants more time to get the word out in Douglas County to ensure that it will pass.

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