Just about half of the 11 Colorado counties with secession questions Tuesday gave approval for their county commissioners to continue with the effort. Voters soundly rejected the idea in Weld County where the movement began in July.
No matter the outcome of Tuesday’s secession vote, the 11 northern Colorado counties that want to form their own state may have already scored a measure of success, thanks to what might be called the “squeaky wheel” principle of politics.
Off year elections typically don’t gather much attention. That’s not the case in 2013 where the nascent 51st State Movement has a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the idea of breaking away from the rest of Colorado on the ballot in 11 counties.
Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 10:59 am
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There's a big race right now to become the 51st state.
Forget traditional contenders like Puerto Rico. In several existing states, residents of less populous areas are hoping to create new states of their own.
Citizens in 11 mostly northeastern Colorado counties are among them. They'll vote on Nov. 5 whether to break off and form their own state. Many are unhappy about liberal state legislation they believe reflects the values of the Denver-Boulder corridor, but not their part of the world.
After Oct. 15, citizens of Weld County will start to see mail-in ballots arrive. Included in the off-year ballot are mayoral, city council and school district races. It will also include ballot question 1A, asking if the county should pursue separating from Colorado to form a new state.