Proposal to split California into three states qualifies for November ballot

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2018

Tim Draper is known for having insane ideas - and for funding them. According to the state's constitution, the ballot initiative needs 365,880 signatures in order to qualify for the November ballot.

Californians will vote this fall on whether to split their state into three. Even if voters decide Draper's idea is a good one, there hasn't been a breakup of a state since the Civil War.

The plan for partitioning California would be parallel to other states that have been partitioned, including the Dakotas, the Carolinas, and the Virginias.

But Draper contends that the state needs a change and cutting it up into three parts is the solution. It would create the states of Northern California, Southern California and a narrow central coast strip retaining the name California. Supporters of the initiative argue the state isn't fairly represented with senators in Washington.

In a statement, Cal 3 spokeswoman Peggy Grande said: "The reality is that for an overmatched, overstretched and overwrought state-government structure, it is too big to succeed".

The only solution, he maintains, is smaller governments better equipped to respond to residents' specific needs depending on the region of California where they live.

California gets 55 electors in the Electoral College - a powerful number that has been a huge unmovable bloc for the Democratic candidate.

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

The upper portion of the state, which would include San Francisco and the state capital Sacramento, would become Northern California.

In 2013, he launched Six Californias, a plan that would divide up the Golden State into six states.

A local venture capitalist's proposal to break up California, "CAL 3", gained almost double the necessary signatures to get it on the ballot in November, which will allow state voters to decide on the partition.

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