Proposal to split California into three states qualifies for November ballot

Proposal to split California into three states qualifies for November ballot

Draper, a venture capitalist and cryptocurrency enthusiast, obtained enough signatures for the measure to qualify for the state's ballot in November, the California Secretary of State announced late Tuesday.

"Thanks to Californians from every corner of the state, the Cal 3 initiative will be on the statewide ballot this November for the first time ever", read a statement on the initiative's website.

A proposal to split California into three states will be on California's November ballot. Then it would reach the US Congress. Congress admitted four US states that were split from an existing state: Kentucky, Maine, Vermont, and lastly West Virginia in 1863 during the Civil War. Be patient. After West Virginia split from Virginia in 1863, court cases related to the states' debts persisted for about 50 years, the state analysis said.

Draper has reasons for wanting to slice and dice his home state.

The plan calls for three states to be created: Northern California, California and Southern California.

Nevertheless, Draper has argued it's necessary to fix the state government.


Even still, the proposal is as radical as it is unlikely to pass.

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

California gets 55 electors in the Electoral College - a powerful number that has been a huge unmovable bloc for the Democratic candidate. Each state, though different in size, would have roughly the same population, according to the proposal. The new California state along the coast from the counties of Monterey to Los Angeles would be a net importer of water from the proposed Northern California and Southern California.

Southern California: This would have 12 counties: San Diego, San Bernadino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern, and Imperial counties.

The northern part of the state (including San Francisco and current state capitol Sacramento) would become Northern California.

"This measure would cost taxpayers billions of dollars to pay for the massive transactional costs of breaking up the state, whether it be universities, parks, or retirement systems", Steven Maviglio, a political consultant who helped fight Draper's past proposals, said on Twitter.

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