Secession Votes for New States in California and Colorado

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November 7, 2013 — 1,284 views  

Many big decisions will be taken after the results of the Election Day are announced. One of the main things that voters in Colorado will have to decide about is the formation of 51st state of the nation. But no matter what the results turn out to be, the eleven counties of northern Colorado have already scored success. This does not exactly mean that the counties have a high chance of turning into a state, but speaks about some other benefits.

The Issue has Already Attracted a lot of Attention

Initially, many thought that the secession drive was led by rural conservatives who were angry with the liberal actions of the lawmakers in Denver. But the fact that the leaders of Colorado are taking the drive seriously is what has made the measure gain a lot of legitimacy.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper traveled recently to the region to ensure the residents that Denver will listen to all their concerns very carefully. US Rep. Cory Gardner, who is a republican and represents a large part of the area, declined to reject the effort of secession. All this helped in making the issue enjoy a lot of national attention.

The secessionists of Colorado have given out a whole list of actions which have forced them to take such a step. The legislature of the state, which is dominated by democrats, have legalized same-sex couple civil unions and bypassed constitutional prohibition of gay marriages. Apart from that, it has also made the laws surrounding legalization of marijuana, gun laws and loosened voting restrictions a lot tighter.

A Look at Cases of Secession in the Past

This is not the first time that the issue of secession has come up in the country. Back in the 1930s, Southern California and Northern California were serious about parting ways. But this argument was crushed by World War II. Other than that, part of eastern Washington as well as Oregon have also fought long to split from the much liberal coast of the respective states to join with Idaho. The most recent example of secession would be that of New York itself. In the 1970s, many efforts were taken to create a division between New York City and the state of New York.

The option of secession has started attracting a lot of attention especially in recent years. This is mostly because a number of states are now controlled by single parties.

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