Jefferson Aims to Be the 51st State in the Union

A second county in rural Northern California votes to secede

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Flag for the proposed 51st State, Jefferson.

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 approval. Congress would also have to approve the creation of a new state.

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[Fox News]