A second county might join a northern California county’s bid to secede and form a new state of “Jefferson.” As other northern California and southern Oregon counties consider the remote possibility, the Modoc County Board of Supervisors voted 4–0 Tuesday in favor of seceding.
Earlier in September, Siskiyou County announced its plans to secede from California to form Jefferson, even though the U.S. Constitution imposes a high burden for forming a new state. Their goal, presumably, is to abandon San Francisco and Los Angeles, and whatever state regulations they find unfair.
“California is essentially ungovernable in its present size,” spokesperson for the Jefferson Declaration Committee Mark Baird said, according to the Redding-Record Searchlight. “We lack the representation to address the problems that affect the North State.” One secession supporter said the state has “turned us into a Third World country.”
Because Siskiyou County has a population of 45,000, and Modoc only 9,700, they are looking elsewhere for support. “We’re looking for 12 counties, though we can certainly do it with less,” Baird said.