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