Eleven counties have put a "51st State" initiative on the November 5th ballot. Those counties are mostly on the eastern plains: Weld, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Kit Carson, Yuma, Cheyenne, Lincoln and Elbert. Moffat County in northwestern Colorado is also putting the issue to a vote.
The secession movement began with "an outcry from citizens primarily after the gun control situation," according to Jeffrey Hare, who is leading the 51st State Initiative organization. Other secessionists take issue with laws and policies regarding civil unions, executions and renewable energy.
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