Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Proposal To Split California Into Three States Makes November Ballot

Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot | TheHill Measure to split California into 3 states qualifies for November ballot
Kenny Thornton | 13 June, 2018, 22:41

Tim Draper is known for having insane ideas - and for funding them.

Even if voters approve the initiative an actual split would still require the approval of the state Legislature and Congress.

But after his 2014 "Six Californias" plan failed to make it onto the ballot for the second time, Draper redrew the state lines.

In November there will be a ballot measure calling for breaking up California into three separate states. Then it would reach the US Congress.

If the unlikely plan is successful, it would be the first time an existing USA state split since West Virginia was created in 1863. Be patient. After West Virginia split from Virginia in 1863, court cases related to the states' debts persisted for about 50 years, the state analysis said.

The Golden State would become California, Northern California and Southern California, if the proposal were to pass.

"This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create three state governments that will deliver better education, better infrastructure and lower taxes", said CAL3 Chairman Tim Draper.

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The office did not say exactly how many total signatures were submitted, but backers said the petition drew more than 600,000 from residents across the state's 58 counties, dwarfing the 365,000 signatures required to qualify for the ballot.

Proponents of the proposal argue that Californians would be better off with smaller governments that can tailor their policies and actions.

Based on previous movements, though, it's likely a long shot.

California gets 55 electors in the Electoral College - a powerful number that has been a huge unmovable bloc for the Democratic candidate.

But Draper contends that the state needs a change and cutting it up into three parts is the solution.

The plan would create three differently sized regions, but all would have roughly the same population. Northern California would extend from the San Francisco Bay Area and points north. California would run from Los Angeles County to the next five counties north up the coast.

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