Measure to split California into 3 states qualifies for November ballot

Measure to split California into 3 states qualifies for November ballot

A dramatic proposal to split California into three separate states has gathered enough signatures to appear on the ballot during the upcoming midterm elections in November.

There were 419,362 signatures verified by the Secretary of State's Office. Then it would reach the US Congress.

If passed, it would be the first division of a USA state since 1863, when West Virginia was created, the Times reported. Be patient. After West Virginia split from Virginia in 1863, court cases related to the states' debts persisted for about 50 years, the state analysis said.

This is the third time Draper has attempted to split up the state.

The state would be divided into California, Northern California, and Southern California.

If the proposal ever makes it to Capitol Hill, one hurdle in a Republican-controlled Congress would be the idea of awarding the deep blue state four more senators, likely Democratic senators.

According to the proposal, this will solve issues in the state including failing school systems, high taxes, deteriorating infrastructure, and strained government.

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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. Californians deserve a better future".

Even still, the proposal is as radical as it is unlikely to pass. With its 55 electors in the Electoral College, California has always been a stronghold for the Democratic Party.

Last summer, Draper formally submitted the three-states proposal. The Golden State's population would be divided nearly equally among the three new states.

California, which would be made up of Los Angeles, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

- "Southern California" would comprise 12 counties, including Fresno, Kern, Orange and San Diego counties.

The initiative proposes the state to be split into three new states: California, Northern California and Southern California.

Voters can not simply decide to break up a state in a simple majority vote.

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