Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot

Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot

"Thanks to Californians from every corner of the state, the Cal 3 initiative will be on the statewide ballot this November for the first time ever", read a statement on the initiative's website.

To get enough votes in the fall, "Cal 3" will have to overcome the newly formed "NoCABreakup" coalition, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, and even if the ballot measure is approved, it would still need to be passed by the state legislature and then go to the U.S. Congress for final approval, something that has not happened since the Civil War.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the proposal officially earned a spot on the state's ballot this November.

The Bay Area would be part of a new Northern California state with a border that starts north of Monterey, runs east and north to the Nevada state line, and includes everything north to the OR border.

Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Tulare counties. The next statewide general election is set to take place on November 6. "Think of North Carolina and South Carolina; North Dakota and South Dakota; West Virginia and Virginia - California is already known for its Northern and Southern identities", according to the Cal 3 website. With its 55 electors in the Electoral College, California has always been a stronghold for the Democratic Party. 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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"To create three states from a standing start, you'll get all the benefits of knowing all the things that worked in the past, and all the things that could work in the future and you get to eliminate all the baggage you got in the state", Draper said in a May news conference at Draper University.

The CAL3 initiative has gathered 600,000 signatures, 235,000 more than required to qualify for the ballot.

Under the proposal, each state would have about one-third of the state population. Another group proposes the creation of another state called New California, comprising mostly inland counties, over grievances of high-state taxes, regulation and single party politics.

Plenty of ideas about splintering California into smaller states have popped up - including an effort by rural, more conservative northern counties that seek to break away to become "State of Jefferson".

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