What Will It Take?                                                         

The creation of a new state will not be easy.  Many say it can't be done.  However, just because others have failed doesn't mean we won't be successful.  There are three distinct phases - Local, State, and Federal. 

Process for creating a new state:  According to Article 4,  Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution "New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress."

Phase I: Local Support:  Local support must be mobilized County by County.  Your County's Commissioners will not likely support the initiative without a groundswell of support from residents of your County.  Those of you that support #The51stStateInitiative you must make your voices known.  Meet with, text, write, email, fax, Tweet, and Facebook your Commissioners and let them know you support this Initiative.  Ask them to pass a resolution to be a part of the process / discussions related to the 51st State.  We aren't asking for a commitment to be a part of the new state, but to be a part of the process.  Here is the sample resolution we have drafted for them to consider.

Phase II: State Approval and Amendment of State Constitution: This is the part that many say will never happen.  However, there is precedence for restructuring, albeit on a smaller scale.  In 1998, the city of Broomfield successfully created its own county from portions of four different counties (Boulder, Adams, Jefferson and Weld) through a statewide ballot initiative that passed with overwhelming support.  We believe that voters will respect the desire for self-governance and support the Initiative throughout the state.

Phase III: Congressional Approval: Again, folks say this can never happen.  However, we are starting to hear from disenfranchised groups all over the country.  We are truly a divided nation. It is possible, if not likely, that we may not be the only group requesting from Congress the formation of a new state.

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