Jefferson Aims to Be the 51st State in the Union


A second county in Northern California has voted to secede from the Golden State, as part of a growing effort to create a 51st state.

In a 4-0 vote, Modoc County leaders voted for secession just weeks after neighboring Siskiyou County did the same, Fox News reports. The county, located about 50 miles south of the Oregon border, had a population of 9,237 in 2012, according to census records. Siskiyou County, which passed its own vote on Sept. 3, has a population of 44,154.

Modoc and Siskiyou hope to form a new state called Jefferson with some Southern Oregon counties that also plan to secede from their state.

Many residents in the rural communities along the California-Oregon border have long felt ignored by the urban-dominated legislatures in their states.

Leaders of the secession movement hope to get twelve counties to vote to secede before asking the California government for…

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