Residents in Weld County, Colo., will vote this November to join eight other of the stateâ€™s counties and form Americaâ€™s 51st state â€” Northern Colorado.
â€œIt started very informally,â€ said Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway of how the issue was broached at a state meeting of county commissioners in recent weeks, according to the International Business Times. â€œThere was a group of citizens who were and still are very frustrated with being ignored and politically disenfranchised by the political leadership in the state capitol.â€
Mr. Conway said the citizen-driven effort at first seemed â€œa little out there,â€ the Business Times reported. But research showed the idea was viable.
Rural residents angered by the stateâ€™s recent renewable-energy law, as well as other contentious issues such as gun control and fracking, could provide the group with a fresh start, he suggested.
Mr. Conway cited other successful secessions in U.S. history such as Maine, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.
If the county referendum passes, it will go before the Colorado State Senate for vote. If it passes there, it heads to Congress for the final say.
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