California to vote on proposal to split state into three parts

Cheryl Sanders
June 13, 2018

There have been previous attempts to turn California into six smaller states and even separate from the U.S.

"Northern California" would stretch from the Bay Area to Oregon.

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

Proponents of the CAL 3 initiative submitted more than 402,468 valid signatures as of Tuesday, making it eligible for the November 6 general election ballot, according to the California Secretary of State's office.

Draper's proposal is to split the state into Northern California, Southern California and just California, each with a population of around 13 million.

This fall, California voters will decide if the Golden State should be split into three separate states. It ultimately did not receive enough valid petition signatures, according to the L.A. Times.

The new California would have a per capita income of $53,000 and southern California around $45,000.

"CAL 3" has no connection to efforts to have California secede from the United States.

Proponents of the proposal argue that Californians would be better off with smaller governments that can tailor their policies and actions.

Voters can not simply decide to break up a state in a simple majority vote. And while California now has two US senators, the new bloc of three Californias would have six under the new proposal.

The plan would also need approval in the U.S. Congress, but would likely meet stiff opposition there as well because it would increase the number of Senators, and take away the advantage that Democrats have by being able to reliably claim all of California's electoral votes.

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

State officials say eligible ballot measures will become qualified on the 131st day prior to the next statewide general election.

If approved by voters in November, it would still have to be approved by both houses of the state legislature, and then the US Congress.

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