‘Three Californias’ Measure Will Be on November Ballot

Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot | TheHill

Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot | TheHill

According to a document released by California's Secretary of State announced Tuesday, the initiative to get the proposal on the ballot received almost 419,362 signatures, which was more than enough to get a spot on the ballot.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper's measure has reached the number of certified signatures needed to be added.

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

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

"California government has rotted", Draper told The Mercury News last month.

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While voters will get to decide on the measure, it faces an uphill battle regardless of the outcome.

The voters will be able to vote on the initiative in California on November 6th.

But opponents say creating three states will do nothing to solve California's economic and political problems.

The last time an existing state split up, it was the 1860s and a civil war broke out.

In California, the reasons for such an ongoing inner conflict stem most obviously from the state's geographic and demographic diversity and the unique identities of different regions.

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Draper previously proposed splitting the state into six separate states in 2012 and 2014, but election officials invalidated numerous signatures his campaign collected, the Hill reported. For several weeks that year in the town of Yreka, people demonstrated because they felt that state government was neglecting infrastructure needs in their rural parts of the state.

"It will simply divide the state into smaller, more manageable populations".

The plan calls for three new entities: Northern California, California and Southern California.

But critics have slammed the partition effort as a distraction and say that breaking up the state would cost billions of tax dollars.

"Splitting California into three new states will triple the amount of special interests, lobbyists, politicians and bureaucracy".

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