Baja Arizona: The 51st state? Efforts begin for ballot access

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March 1, 2011

PIMA COUNTY, Arizona: In Arizona, a campaign has begun to change the country's state count from 50 to 51 with the addition of the proposed Baja Arizona. The group Start our State is the group behind the efforts to have Pima County secede from Arizona and become it's own state.[1][2]

Paul Eckerstrom the sponsoring group's co-chairman commented about the efforts: "We're tired of the extremism that's been portrayed to the rest of the country and we feel that we're different down here. We're tired of being last in education funding. We're tired of our tax money disappearing into Maricopa County with very little benefit coming back." Pima County supervisors state that efforts should rather be placed in finding candidates that better represent the area.

In order for Pima County to become Baja Arizona, the 51st state in the U.S., the following steps must take place:[1][2]

  • Start our State must collect required amount of signatures before placing the measure on the ballot
  • Voters must then approve of the measure, thus approving of secession from the state of Arizona
  • The Arizona State Legislature must approve of the secession.
  • The United States Congress and the president must sign off on the movement.

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