Proposal to divide California into 3 states will be on November ballot

14 Junio, 2018, 00:22 | Author: Kelly Blake
  • An initiative to split California into three states has qualified for the November ballot

A plan to divide California into three separate states will be put to voters in November's mid-term elections after securing enough signatures to be put on the ballot.

The latest proposal for splitting up the Golden State is backed by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Timothy Draper.

According to CNN, the initiative claims it can solve California's most pressing issues, including the state's failing school systems, high taxes, deteriorating infrastructure and strained government.

"Northern California" would stretch from the Bay Area to Oregon.

If it were to pass, San Luis Obispo County and the rest of the Central Coast would retain the name California under the proposal, which would also include Monterey, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Benito and Ventura counties.

What do you think of the proposal?

California's 168-year run of being a single-state could come to an end this November. There the measure would face an uphill battle, given that it effectively gives present-day California an additional four Senate seats and would end the Democratic lock of a state with 55 electoral votes.

The California State flag flies beside a sign for Los Angeles' sister city Split outside City Hall in LA in 2017. A proposal to divide the state into three will be on the ballot in California in November
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A proposal to split California into three states will be on California's November ballot.

"This milestone is a testament to the energized spirit of Californians wanting to create a better future for themselves and their communities", said Citizens for Cal 3 spokeswoman Peggy Grande. He's since updated it to include Tulare County as part of Southern California.

Adding the proposal to the ballot is the first in a long number of steps that would be required to actually split the country's largest state.

As he did when he pushed a failed initiative to break the state into six states, Draper says California as it now exists is simply too large to be governed effectively. But the Russia-based leader of that campaign backed off.

Even if voters embrace the radical plan, it wouldn't take effect without congressional approval.

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

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