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Second California county votes for secession

Modoc County supervisors unanimously vote to secede from California.

Published on September 25, 2013 9:03AM

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

The Record Searchlight of Redding reports (http://bit.ly/1fzgO8R) 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 19th 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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