California counties split on whether to pursue new state of Jefferson

California voters in two northern rural counties split the difference Tuesday on 51st state ballot measures aimed at carving out a new state called Jefferson.
Measure A lost by 41 to 59 percent in Del Norte County, while Tehama County voters approved Measure A by 56 to 44 percent, according to figures from the county clerks.

The advisory measures ask whether the county board of supervisors should “adopt a Declaration of Support for the proposed separation from the State of California and formation of a new state.”

The elections were the first since the movement began less than a year ago. Supervisors in four counties — Glenn, Modoc, Siskiyou and Yuba — have already voted to join the Jefferson Declaration. Two more county boards are scheduled to consider the issue at their meetings next week, organizer Mark Baird said.

In Del Norte County, a union-backed group called Keep It California waged a battle against the measure, arguing that it would further impoverish the county by removing state funding for services like schools. The school board had also opposed the proposal.

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