California Will Vote Whether to Split Into 3 States This Fall

Tim Draper speaks to students before their graduation ceremony at Draper University of Heroes in San Mateo Calif. in 2014. Draper’s Cal-3 campaign attained enough valid signatures to earn a spot on the ballot Nov. 6

Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot | TheHill

On Tuesday, the California Secretary of State's Office announced that Draper's initiative received the needed number of signatures to go on the ballot.

"We see people leaving California in droves and this is an opportunity for Californians from a wide variety of demographics and geography in California to say that they want something more and different and better", said Peggy Grande with Cal 3. Proponents of the ballot measure say California is just too big and unmanageable.

He's made several attempts at breaking apart the state.

Even if voters approve the initiative an actual split would still require the approval of the state Legislature and Congress.

In November, California residents will get their chance to vote on his latest proposal: to divide the world's fifth-largest economy into three separate states.

The initiative, which easily cleared the signature-gathering bar, would direct the governor to ask Congress for permission to split the states into the three entities, and charge the state legislature with dividing up California's assets and liabilities.

Vikram Amar, a professor and dean of the College of Law at the University of IL in Urbana-Champaign, said California's conservative-leaning inland empire (which would be part of the new Southern California) could swing Republican.

But the most immediate obstacle to three Californias is that the voters of one California would have to approve it before anything else happened, and at the moment, they don't like the idea at all.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper wants to cut California into pieces. His campaign attained enough valid signatures to earn a spot on the ballot Nov. 6

His group, headed by former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, has been hammering at the proposal for months, accusing Mr. Draper of dragging the state into an expensive mud-fight for a measure that has no prospects for success.

On Facebook, we asked Californians if they agree? It's been well over a half-century since a new state has been admitted to the Union, and over a century-and-a-half since an existing state was divided when West Virginia was created - and that required a civil war as a lubricant.

A state can not split without the approval of the U.S. Congress, and the president would have the power to approve or veto any vote taken by Congress.

Three separate Californias would also shake up the Electoral College, which picks the president.

"Meaningful improvement has proven impossible through the Sacramento system of top-down control", said the Cal 3 website.

Last year, an effort dubbed Calexit sought to bring the question of whether California should secede from the U.S. to this year's ballot.

Where California now has two seats in the 100-person U.S. Senate, the three states would have six seats in a 104-member chamber. But the Russia-based leader of that campaign backed off.

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