Proposal to Divide California Into Three States to Appear on November Ballot

Proposal to Divide California Into Three States to Appear on November Ballot

Proposal to Divide California Into Three States to Appear on November Ballot

A Silicon Valley billionaire has amassed enough signatures to have his proposal splitting California into three parts on the state's ballot in November. The new California state along the coast from the counties of Monterey to Los Angeles would be a net importer of water from the proposed Northern California and Southern California.

The southern state would comprise Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, and Mono.

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"These three states", Draper told the Mercury News last month, "create hope and opportunity for Californians". Creating two more Californias would add four more California members to the U.S. Senate, something those who already think California wields outsize influence would loathe.

The "Cal Three" initiative qualified to appear on the ballot in November.

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Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, lawmakers put forth various proposals to split California in half or in thirds but none ever quite gained enough momentum. If passed, the state constitution mandates both houses of the California legislature approve the proposal before it's submitted to Congress, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. According to the secretary of state's site, the measure needed 365,880 signatures and had gathered 419,462 valid signatures by Tuesday.

That earlier proposal would also have reworked the USA electoral map, splitting one solidly blue state into three Democratic states and three swing states, as The Washington Post wrote in 2014.

In 2012 and 2014, Draper also proposed splitting the state into six separate states, yet his efforts failed after numerous signatures his campaign collected were invalidated by election officials.

Last year, an effort dubbed Calexit sought to bring the question of whether California should secede from the United States to this year's ballot. "States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens". But the Russia-based leader of that campaign backed off. Any effort to break up the state would still have to receive Congressional approval.

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