Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Plan to split California into 3 states eligible for November ballot

Plan to split California into 3 states eligible for November ballot

As Los Angeles ABC News affiliate KABC-7 reported Tuesday evening, the campaign, led by Silicon Valley billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper, turned in 600,000 signatures, almost twice the 365,000 that were required.

Steven Maviglio, a longtime Democratic Party political consultant who is a spokesman for OneCalifornia, the campaign against the initiative, said, "California government can do a better job addressing the real issues facing the state, but this measure is a massive distraction that will cause political chaos and greater inequality".

While proposals about separating California have been bandied about for years, Golden State voters will have their say on this particular initiative in November.

And in the far north region of California, some residents have pushed to form a new state with parts of southern OR, and wouldn't be keen on being lumped together with liberal San Francisco as envisioned by Draper's map.

Draper's proposal envisions splitting California into three separate states: Northern California, which would include San Francisco and Sacramento; Southern California, including San Diego, San Bernardino, and the Mojave Desert; and California, a sliver of coastline taking in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

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Vikram Amar, a law professor from the University of IL who had studied Draper's plan, told the Times that based on the last election, the Electoral College split by the plan would allow a Republican to win one of the states.

A proposal to split California into three states will be on California's November ballot.

If the proposed measure was to be passed, the division of California would be subject to approval by Congress, according to Cal3. If a majority of voters who cast ballots agree, the process would begin for the first division of an existing US state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863. It received more than 402,468 valid signatures, more than the amount required by state law, thanks to an ambitious campaign, called Cal 3, and financial backing from the early investor in Tesla, Skype, and Hotmail.

A CNN analysis in April found that even if California split into three states, it would still be underrepresented in the Senate compared with most of the US. "The reality is that for an overmatched, overstretched and overwrought state-government structure, it is too big to succeed". He bankrolled efforts in 2012 and 2014 to divide the region into six different Californias, spending around $5 million in his most recent endeavor.

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This isn't the first time that Draper attempted to get an initiative to break apart the most populous state.

State officials say eligible ballot measures will become qualified on the 131st day prior to the next statewide general election.

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