U.S. presidents are elected every four years.
Members of the House of Representatives, every two years.
But there is a November election day every year.
In 2013, it was yesterday.
In different states and cities people cast votes for governor, mayor, or different ballot measures.
Those are votes on certain issues.
We don't have the results, because the polls closed after we produced this program.
But we want to focus on one ballot measures in Colorado-11 counties in that state were voting on whether to secede, to split off and form a 51 state.
If it passed, it would still have to be approved by the Colorado legislature and the U.S. Congress.
No one really expected it to pass, not even the people who support it.
They say the point of a vote was to send a message about how some people in rural Colorado feel disenfranchised, ignored ore marginalized because of greater focus on urban areas.
Welcome to northern Colorado.
Some 60 miles outside of Denver.
No hustle and bustle of city life here.
I saw the struggles that my grandparents, my parents went through to create what I believe is an oasis in the desert.
And I see that oasis in the desert threatened.
Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway is a third generation Coloradan.
Raised on a ranch, fighting for his rural life style and livelihood.
We're tired of being ignored.
We're tired of being politically disenfranchised.
That's the message of the 51 initiative.
Fed up with new gun control laws, expended oil and gas regulations and increased renewable energy standards, recently enacted at the Colorado capital, Conway is leading the charge to form a new state.
He's wrangled support from across hundreds of acres of farmland, at least 11 rural counties.
North of Denver now threatening to secede.
If they don't see a way to actually move the state back in the Republican control, they figured maybe just leaving it is the only other option.
Political science professor Seth Masket says the secession movement is an example of Republicans who are the minority in this state taking desperate measure.
In Colorado, Democrats have control of the Senate, House and governor's office.
While supporters of the referendum know there is no practical implication from the vote, they say it's a sure way to get attention for their cause.
But not everyone agrees with this strategy.
The best strategy for dealing with political issues to the political system.
Weld County D.A. Ken Buck, a high profile Colorado Republicans is among those frustrated, but he plans to vote against the 51 state initiative.
I think what we need to do is we need to make sure that we work doubly hard to get the folks who aren't listening out of office and to make sure that our voices are heard.
See if you can I.D. me.
I'm an Asian country that borders Pakistan and Myanmar.
My government is considered the world's largest democracy.
I'm home to more than a billion people.
And my capital is New Delhi.
I'm India, and I got my independence from the United Kingdom in 1947.