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2nd Calif. county votes for secession

Posted: September 24, 2013 2:57 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2013 2:57 p.m.

Modoc County supervisors voted 4-0 in favor of secession. The vote comes just weeks after neighboring Siskiyou County also voted for it. Above, Yreka, Calif in Siskiyou Co.

 

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — A second far Northern California county has voted to secede from the state.

The Record Searchlight of Redding reports that Modoc County supervisors voted 4-0 in favor of secession on Friday.

The vote comes just weeks after neighboring Siskiyou County also voted for secession.

The goal is to form a separate state called Jefferson that would also include parts of Southern Oregon. The idea for the state goes back to the nineteenth century.

Many of the residents of the rural counties along the Oregon-California border having long felt that those in the urban halls of power in both states ignore their needs.

Modoc County Board Chairwoman Geri Byrne tells the Record Searchlight she put the secession measure forward after hearing support for the idea from people in her district.

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