KUSA - Weld County Commissioners voted unanimously to put the 51st state initiative on the upcoming voter ballot during a board meeting Monday morning.
The proposed language on the ballot will ask: "Shall the Board of County Commissioners of Weld County, in concert with the county commissioners of other Colorado counties, pursue becoming the 51st state of the United States of America?"
Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway estimated during Monday's session that more than 85 percent of residents believe 51st state initiative should be on the ballot.
Conway in a previous meeting said the state would be called "North Colorado."
Counties including Cheyenne, Sedgwick and Yuma have already put the initiative on the ballot and there are more to come, according to Conway.
Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer says commissioners individually have been criticized since this proposal was made public, but they believe they are doing what the people want across Weld County.
"We were told that we were children with a disorder; that we just wanna be rebellious and oppositional," Kirkmeyer said.
Commissioners said Weld County residents feel a huge disconnect with Denver over issues like oil and gas regulations and gun legislation.
Counties will vote on the initiative in November. The last state to do this effectively was West Virginia in 1863.
"North Colorado" would need to be approved by the state Legislature, the governor and the U.S. Congress. This process would make the secession votes mostly symbolic.
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