California to vote on splitting into 3 states

Leroy Wright
June 13, 2018

According to a document released by California's Secretary of State announced Tuesday, the initiative to get the proposal on the ballot received almost 419,362 signatures, which was more than enough to get a spot on the ballot. "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".

"This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create three state governments that emphasize representation, responsiveness, reliability and regional identity", Draper said in a May interview with CNN.

The upper portion of the state, which would include San Francisco and the state capital Sacramento, would become Northern California.

California (new): This would include six counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and San Benito counties.

Southern California would be made up of Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Tulare counties.

What do you think of the proposal? The last time any American state succeeded at such a plan was in 1863, when West Virginia, which did not want to be part of the Confederacy, split from Virginia, which did.

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If the proposal ever makes it to Capitol Hill, one hurdle in a Republican-controlled Congress would be the idea of awarding the deep blue state four more senators, likely Democratic senators.

Getting an initiative on a November 2016 ballot required about 808,000 signatures. If a majority of voters who cast ballots agree, the process would begin for the first division of an existing USA state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863.

Stephen Lam / Reuters This is the third time Tim Draper, above, has tried to split up California.

Cal 3 sees this as an advantage: "Electoral College votes will be divided among the new states based on population, roughly the same as they are apportioned today, but with the additional recognition that comes with more direct and proportional influence over the Electoral College totals".

But there's many reasons to be skeptical that voters will choose to split the state.

But even if people vote for the plan, it still requires Congressional approval.

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