Measure to split California into 3 states qualifies for November ballot

  • Measure to split California into 3 states qualifies for November ballot

Measure to split California into 3 states qualifies for November ballot

Now that the California Secretary of State's office has confirmed the validity of 420,000 of these signatures, Californians will vote on the proposal alongside the midterm elections this November.

"This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create three state governments that emphasize representation, responsiveness, reliability and regional identity", Draper said in a May interview with CNN.

Northern California- This would include 40 counties including the San Francisco Bay Area and the remaining counties north of Sacramento.

And Southern California, moving from Mono County along the state's eastern and southern borders to San Diego, and including Fresno and Kern counties.

Under the proposal, the central state of California would consist of the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito. If passed, the measure would still need congressional approval to move forward. If a majority of voters who cast ballots agree, the process would begin for the first division of an existing US state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863. Government law experts say a plan would probably require an act of Congress - and it's unlikely Republicans in Washington would welcome the idea of potentially adding more solidly blue states.

California gets 55 electors in the Electoral College - a powerful number that has been a huge unmovable bloc for the Democratic candidate. He says splitting the state would lead to improvements in infrastructure and education while lowering taxes: "States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens", he told the Los Angeles Times in an email last summer.

Not many Californians are on board thus far, however. Each state, though different in size, would have roughly the same population, according to the proposal.

Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, legislators put forth various proposals to split California in half or in thirds but none ever quite gained enough momentum.

This will not be the first time such a ballot would take place.