Measure to split California into 3 states heads to ballot

Measure to split California into 3 states heads to ballot

Measure to split California into 3 states heads to ballot

Splitting California into three separate states may be in the cards.

Northern California would consist of the 40 remaining counties in the state, including the San Francisco Bay area and the current state capitol: Sacramento.

And Southern California, moving from Mono County along the state's eastern and southern borders to San Diego, and including Fresno and Kern counties.

The initiative depends on Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, where the document sets the conditions under which a state can split itself up.

The office did not say exactly how many total signatures were submitted, but backers said the petition drew more than 600,000 from residents across the state's 58 counties, dwarfing the 365,000 signatures required to qualify for the ballot.

The last time an existing state split up, it was the 1860s and a civil war broke out. More recently, a group of Californians proposed the state leave the union altogether (they called it Calexit) after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. If passed, the measure would still need congressional approval to move forward. Congress would be given 12 months to sanction the split, according to language in the ballot initiative.

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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".

"Breaking the states into three smaller, more manageable states means those states will be more responsible and more responsive", said Peggy Grande, a Cal 3 spokeswoman.

The measure backed by Tim Draper has hit almost 420,000 valid or projected to be valid signatures in the random sample, topping the 365,000 needed to qualify for the November ballot. Recently, Draper has been an outspoken advocate for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. He first embarked on an unsuccessful quest to divide California into six smaller states in 2014 and hasn't given up on the idea. A recent survey found that only 17 percent of registered voters in the state favor the plan while 72 percent oppose it.

A breakup would be complex, as the state's businesses and universities - even its water system - are interconnected and dependent on one another. 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.

Fabian Nuñez, the former Speaker of the California Assembly, is leading a campaign to oppose the measure.

The opposition campaign does not intend to match the funds Draper spends to pass the initiative.


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