Plan To Split California Into Three States Earns Spot On November Ballot

Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot | TheHill

A proposal that would split the state of California into three separate states has become eligible to appear on the state's ballots in November, California's Secretary of State has confirmed.

"Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes", Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who sponsored the ballot measure, said in an email to The Times last summer when he formally submitted the proposal.

A weird and controversial plan to split California into three states has qualified for the November ballot, and if approved by the voters would begin the process to permanently change the U.S. Congress.

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

Southern California will consist of a number of counties in the state's Central Valley, Inland Empire, and southern coastal regions, including Fresno, San Bernardino, Orange, and San Diego Counties.

If passed by a majority of voters, it would kickstart a years-long legal battle between local and federal authorities and would eventually find its way to Congress. "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.

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Getting an initiative on a November 2016 ballot required about 808,000 signatures.

Present day California is the world's fifth biggest economy with a GSP (gross state product) of $2.75 trillion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, making it bigger than the United Kingdom economy.

Breaking up the state would add four new members to the Senate. It would divide the population of the state roughly into even parts.

Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, legislators put forth various proposals to split California in half or in thirds but none ever quite gained enough momentum.

Californians will vote this fall on whether to split their state into three. Joe Rodota, a political consultant and founder of intelligence services company Forward Observer, described the ballot to CBS as "a waste of time", and one that makes some issues unnecessarily complicated.

Last year, an effort dubbed Calexit sought to bring the question of whether California should secede from the U.S. to this year's ballot.

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