Proposal To Split California Into 3 States Lands On November Ballot

Marsha Scott
June 14, 2018

An initiative to split the state of California into three separate states gathered enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot. The measure became eligible for the general election almost two months after Cal 3, the group behind the initiative, said it turned in more than 600,000 signatures to the Secretary of State.

Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper wants to split California into three different states.

Once approved by voters through the ballot this November, the Cal 3 initiative would move forward to the U.S. Congress and, ultimately, the President of the United States for ratification.

Southern California would be made up of Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Tulare counties.

"Political representation of California's diverse population and economies has rendered the state almost ungovernable".

That earlier proposal would also have reworked the USA electoral map, splitting one solidly blue state into three Democratic states and three swing states, as The Washington Post wrote in 2014. And one of those states, based on past election results, could be won by a Republican. But after the "Six Californias" plan failed to make it onto the ballot for the second time that year since 2012, Draper redrew the state lines.

Californians have long debated whether they were better as a whole or in parts.

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"Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes", Draper told The Los Angeles Times last summer after his proposal for the measure was submitted.

A proposal to split California has qualified for the ballot in November.

The remaining 40 counties would be part of the state of Northern California or a name chosen by its residents.

"California government has rotted", Draper told the Mercury News in an interview last month.

"At our most recent convention, our delegates overwhelmingly accepted the recommendation of our Initiatives Committee to oppose this measure", said California GOP spokesman Matthew Fleming.

The plan would create three differently sized regions, but all would have roughly the same population. A recent survey found that only 17 percent of registered voters in the state favor the plan while 72 percent oppose it. His first proposal, in 2014 suggested the state breaking into six, not three, but this was rejected. It gained momentum as rural voters sought autonomy from their urban counterparts, a common refrain among Californians.

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