‘Three Californias’ Measure Will Be on November Ballot

‘Three Californias’ Measure Will Be on November Ballot

There were 419,362 signatures verified by the Secretary of State's Office.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper's initiative needed 365,880 validated signatures to qualify. The proposal would make California the L.A. area, Northern California and Southern Cal would be the other two new states.

Draper's original plan had been to split California into six smaller states, but that campaign failed to collect enough signatures and died in 2014. "Splitting California into three new states will triple the amount of special interests, lobbyists, politicians and bureaucracy".

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. Vikram Amar, a law professor who has written extensively about Draper's plans, pointed out last fall that the shift in California's votes in the Electoral College - which have been awarded for a quarter-century to Democratic nominees - would be split between three states.

Draper argues that the three diverse regions would be better served by their own, smaller governments.

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.

Map showing how California would break into three states

If the proposal passes in November, it would still need to be approved by Congress. For a variety of reasons, that seemed to be way too many new states for most people.

Congressional approval, however, is no easy ask. "Californians deserve a better future".

In a statement, Cal 3 spokeswoman Peggy Grande said: "The reality is that for an overmatched, overstretched and overwrought state-government structure, it is too big to succeed".

It would be the first division of an existing US state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863. According to the Mercury News, an April poll found that just 17 percent of California voters supported the proposal. The next statewide general election is set to take place on November 6.

Shortly before the Civil War, the California Legislature in 1859 asked Congress to approve a split that would have created a southern California state or territory, including Los Angeles and San Diego.

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