Voters will decide if California should be split into three states

Voters will decide if California should be split into three states

Voters will decide if California should be split into three states

On Tuesday, the California Secretary of State confirmed in a memo that Draper's Cal-3 campaign attained enough valid signatures to earn a spot on the ballot November 6.

The new Northern California would include 40 counties, including Sacramento, San Jose and San Francisco as well as the state's wine country and rural northern areas. That initiative didn't get the required number of signatures to appear on the 2016 ballot.

Plan to split CA into 3 states submits signatures CAL 3 is led by venture capitalist Tim Draper.

Southern California would include 12 counties: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern and Imperial Counties.

"Dems consider California to be a single golden empire, it would be hard for them to accept it as three golden empires".

If California voters pass Cal3 in November, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown or his successor would be directed to petition Congress to approve the split, as called for under the U.S. Constitution. The measure aims to create states with relatively equal populations and economic strengths.

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Draper's original plan had been to split California into six smaller states, but that campaign failed to collect enough signatures and died in 2014.

Draper's plan would loop the Central Coast in with Los Angeles in one state simply called "California".

It cleared its first hurdle in October when Draper was given the go-ahead to find signatures so the initiative could make it to the ballot, according to the Deseret News.

The Bay Area would be part of a new Northern California state with a border that starts north of Monterey, runs east and north to the Nevada state line, and includes everything north to the OR border. Even so, voters in the proposed state of Southern California swung for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012, said Vikram David Amar, University of Illinois College of Law professor. "And risk aversion looms large in these matters, which helps explain why no new states have been added to the United States in over 50 years, and no new state has been created out of an existing state for more than 150 years", he wrote. "California government can do a better job addressing the real issues facing the state, but this measure is a massive distraction that will cause political chaos and greater inequality".

"This milestone is a testament to the energized spirit of Californians wanting to create a better future for themselves and their communities", Citizens for Cal 3 spokesperson Peggy Grande said.

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