Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

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

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

In 2014, Draper failed with a similar proposal: To split the Golden State into six smaller governments.

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 Secretary of State's office reports that enough valid signatures have been collected to put the measure on the ballot. It will be officially certified later this month.

"Assuming this measure is approved by voters and the federal government and allowed by the courts", the state writes, "all tax collections and spending by the existing State of California would end". Any effort to break up the state would still have to receive Congressional approval.

Grande said the point is that it will be easier for lawmakers to tackle problems when the solutions are tailor-made for their constituents in the smaller states.

-California would have approximately 12.3 million residents and would be centered around Los Angeles County.

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

"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", Maviglio told the Times.

A CNN analysis in April found that even if California split into three states, it would still be underrepresented in the Senate compared with most of the US. Democrats could lose the united clout of California's current 55 electoral votes in presidential contests.

Northern California, containing the 40 northern-most counties - including Sacramento and San Franciso - stretching from the OR border to Merced County. That could potentially boost the GOP's West Coast representation in Congress.

Last summer, Draper formally submitted the three-states proposal.

But the most immediate obstacle to three Californias is that the voters of one California would have to approve it before anything else happened, and at the moment, they don't like the idea at all.

Passing at the ballot box is just the first hurdle.

The Legislature and governor would then need to ask Congress for the ultimate OK - likely a tall order.

Like this: