May election will give local voters first opportunity to weigh in on plan to move the Oregon-Idaho border

This map shows how Idaho's borders would look under a proposal being promoted by Move Oregon's Border. (Greater Idaho map)

VALE – Area voters get their first opportunity to weigh in on an ambitious plan designed to eventually shift a number of Oregon counties to Idaho.

If approved by voters on May 18, Measure 22-64 requires the Malheur County Court to meet three times a year to consider moving the Oregon-Idaho border to include a number of eastern and southern Oregon counties.

“It’s the beginning step. It is not a vote to secede from Oregon or start a new state. It’s just a vote to say, OK, the people want to start looking at the possibility of this happening,” said Mike McCarter, a retired La Pine resident who is president of Move . . .