Initiative to split California into three states qualifies for ballot

13 June, 2018, 22:39 | Author: Carlos George
  • Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot | TheHill

According to Draper, the most populous US state and the world's fifth-largest economy is "nearly ungovernable" under the current system.

In 1992, Stan Statham, an assemblyman from Northern California, embarked on "a quixotic campaign to split California in three", as Sacramento's News & Review recalled.

This CNN graphic breaks down an initiative that would divide California into three separate states.

In northernmost parts of California, rebellious souls have been flirting since 1941 with the idea of their own state called "Jefferson" which would mesh with the southern counties of Oregon. California voters already approved breaking up the state in 1859, but Congress did not act on it.

Los Angeles, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper has spent the last six years promoting his radical plan to cut California into pieces, but for a long time no one took him seriously.

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Even if California voters supported the proposal in November, the California legislature would still have to vote in favor of it.

In a statement, Cal 3 spokeswoman Peggy Grande said: "The reality is that for an overmatched, overstretched and overwrought state-government structure, it is too big to succeed".

Proponents of the proposal argue that Californians would be better off with smaller governments that can tailor their policies and actions.

What's more, Congress is unlikely to want to create four new U.S. Senators, two for each of the additional Californias, which could shake up the electoral college in future presidential elections.

A new state, 'New California, ' would encompass the rural areas. President Donald Trump's victory in 2016 led to a ballot movement to have California secede from the U.S. That effort failed to gain enough signatures last year but was started again this year, CNBC reported. But the Russia-based leader of that campaign backed off. If a majority of voters who cast ballots agree, the process would begin for the first division of an existing US state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863.



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