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Offbeat Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot

05:05  13 june  2018
05:05  13 june  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Backers say that splitting California would lead to better representation from state lawmakers, and better results on issues like education, infrastructure and taxes. Draper was also behind a proposed initiative in 2014 that would have asked that California be divided into six states , but the secretary of

The initiative proposes the state to be split into three new states : California , Northern California and Southern California . Each state , though different in size, would have roughly the same population, according to the proposal . Voters supported breaking up California into two states in 1859, but

A proposal to split California into three separate states got enough votes on Tuesday to be added to the midterm ballot in November.

Tim Draper, a venture capitalist, was the proponent of the long-shot initiative to split the state, which got nearly 420,000 valid signatures, more than enough to be included in the General Election ballot in November, according to California's secretary of State.

Adding the proposal to the ballot is the first in a long number of steps that would be required to actually split the country's largest state.

Even if California voters supported the proposal in November, the California legislature would still have to vote in favor of it.

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California ’s 168-year run as a single entity, hugging the continent’s edge for hundreds of miles and sprawling east across mountains and desert, could come to an end next year — as a controversial plan to split the Golden State into three new jurisdictions qualified Tuesday for the Nov.

The initiative proposes the state to be split into three new states : California , Northern California and Southern California . Each state , though different in size, would have roughly the same population, according to the proposal . Voters supported breaking up California into two states in 1859, but

The breakup would also likely be challenged in court and would need congressional approval, a tough get in today's hyperpartisan Washington.

  Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot © Provided by The Hill

The initiative proposes the state to be split into three new states: California, Northern California and Southern California. Each state, though different in size, would have roughly the same population, according to the proposal.

Voters supported breaking up California into two states in 1859, but Congress never moved forward with the proposal.

Breaking up the state would add four new members to the Senate.

In 2012 and 2014, Draper also proposed splitting the state into six separate states, yet his efforts failed after many of the signatures his campaign collected were invalidated by election officials.

California's secretary of State will officially certify the initiative to be included in the General Election ballot later this month.

Californians divided on whether, how to ... divide .
The movement to slice up the state of California is reeling from internal clashes over what’s the best way to rearrange the state. The Cal 3 measure, which seeks to break up America’s most populous state into three smaller states, recently gathered enough support to earn the right to appear on the Nov. 6 state election ballot, giving voters a historic chance to improve their representation on the national level.

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