Standing in the restored Fort Lupton, Weld County Commissioners Barbara Kirkmeyer and Sean Conway discuss returns following Tuesday's election.
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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.
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.
Question 1A as it appears on the Weld sample ballot.
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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.
Voters in 11 counties will decide Nov. 5 if they want county commissioners to continue pursuing the possibility of creating a 51st state. In advance of that vote, supporters of the new state movement continue to pursue the discussion.