‘Three Californias’ Measure Will Be on November Ballot

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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will certify the initiative as qualified for the November 6th ballot on June 28.

A measure to split California into three separate states has been added to the November ballot.

Draper's Six Californias proposal failed twice - although it seemed to come close in 2014, when Draper collected hundreds of thousands of signatures, only to see the state reject many of them as invalid.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, who formally submitted the proposal last September, said California's population, concentrated in urban and coastal areas, leaves other regions with diverse economies underrepresented. 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. California will consist of Los Angeles County and a number of counties in the Central Coast region, including Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties. Southern California would include 12 counties, including areas as north as Madera and Fresno counties, Bakersfield, Riverside and San Diego.

The proposal hopes to split the state into three separate states of California, Northern California and Southern California. And while California now has two US senators, the new bloc of three Californias would have six under the new proposal.

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

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But there's many reasons to be skeptical that voters will choose to split the state.

The proposal for the new state headed off to Washington - but Congress never put it to a vote because it got too busy with the Civil War. California, admitted to the Union on September 9, 1850, has faced more than 200 attempts at boundary reconfiguration, divisions and even secession over the course of its history, the report said. Any effort to break up the state would still have to receive Congressional approval.

Steven Maviglio, a Democratic political consultant told the paper it was a bad idea.

California is a land of political earthquakes.

Mavigilio is far from the only one oppsing the move.

Among other obstacles, a recent SurveyUSA poll found that only 17 percent of California voters support the "CAL3" plan. That means it will be on the November 6 general election ballot.

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