Proposal to split California into three states qualifies for November ballot

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Draper explains that by splitting California into North California, California (New) and South California, it would "empower regional communities to make better and more sensible decisions for their citizens".

"If some people feel that their government isn't working for them - and I know a lot of people in very poor regions feel that the status quo is not working for them - this would be an opportunity for them to easily move to another state without leaving the lovely weather we get here", he said. Plan to split CA into 3 states submits signatures CAL 3 is led by venture capitalist Tim Draper. Though California's prisoners come from all over the state, more than half are now held in what would become Southern California.

The CAL 3 proposal would split California into three new states: Northern California, California and Southern California. The state of Northern California would contain 40 counties, including those in the Sacramento and Bay areas.

Southern California, meanwhile, would include Orange and San Diego Counties as well what's now known as California's Central Valley and Inland Empire.

And in the far north region of California, some residents have pushed to form a new state with parts of southern OR, and wouldn't be keen on being lumped together with liberal San Francisco as envisioned by Draper's map. And in 1863, West Virginia became a state during the Civil War under unusual circumstances, after a Union-approved government was named for Virginia, from which West Virginia then seceded. That prospect has been enough to realistically thwart any long-term efforts to add Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia as new states.

Not many Californians are on board thus far, however.

The cost of Draper's 2018 effort is still unclear.

Map showing how California would break into three states
Proposal to split California into three states qualifies for November ballot

Nothing about Draper's historic demarcation of democracy would be easy.

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

From there, the plan would need congressional approval.

Partitioning California into three states would increase the size of the U.S. Senate from 100 to 104 members, and the state's 55 electoral points would be divided among the three, according to Ballotpedia.

The LAO report cites other issues with the breakup as well.

Presidential politics also could doom the proposal once it reached Washington.

The three proposed states are split fairly evenly by population, but differ in terms of median income and leading industry. And one of those states, based on past election results, could be won by a Republican.

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