51st state vote likely in Weld, other counties unsure about secession

Thursday, August 8, 2013
By Paul Martin

By Katharina Buchholz
The Denver Post

A secession question is very likely to appear on the Weld County ballot in November, commissioner Sean Conway said Monday.

“It sends a very clear message to Denver that people are unhappy,” Conway said.

Representatives from Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Weld counties participated in a conference call Monday afternoon, but most said they would not OK a ballot question until county attorneys delivered final wording. Participants agreed, however, that such a wording should be uniform.

Weld County has been spearheading the 51st state initiative, which supports secession from Colorado.

A final draft of the wording will be presented in an Aug. 12 conference call and is expected to trigger a final decision, Conway said.

Only Cheyenne County has committed to a ballot question.

Phillips County commissioners have set a Sept. 6 deadline to make the decision.

“It’s still up in the air,” said Phillips County administrator Randy Schafer, who participated in the call.

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