Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Initiative to split California into 3 separate states approved for November ballot

Initiative to split California into 3 separate states approved for November ballot

As CNN reported, an initiative to break the Golden State into three separate states will appear on the ballot for the November general election.

According to the secretary of state's site, the measure needed 365,880 signatures and had gathered 419,462 valid signatures by Tuesday. The "new" California would cover Los Angeles County and much of the coast below San Francisco Bay, the proposal said.

However, the ballot measure faces long odds.

California governments would be served by three smaller state governments.

Steven Maviglio, spokesman for One California, an organization opposing the 3-state proposal, said dividing the state would be costly and problematic for residents. "We need to empower our population to improve their government".

Even if voters embrace the radical plan, it wouldn't take effect without congressional approval.

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A SurveyUSA poll found that 72 percent of registered California voters opposed the proposal, while only 17 percent support it, the report said.

The proposal would split America's largest state into three: California would be reduced to a coastal strip running south from Monterey to just past Los Angeles.

If the unlikely plan is successful, it would be the first time an existing USA state split since West Virginia was created in 1863. It could easily be bankrolled by some of the state's most powerful forces, especially those aligned with Democratic leaders.

Vikram Amar, a law professor from the University of IL who had studied Draper's plan, told the Times that based on the last election, the Electoral College split by the plan would allow a Republican to win one of the states. For several weeks that year in the town of Yreka, people demonstrated because they felt that state government was neglecting infrastructure needs in their rural parts of the state. Creating two more Californias would add four more California members to the U.S. Senate, something those who already think California wields outsize influence would loathe.

"These three states", Draper told the Mercury News last month, "create hope and opportunity for Californians".

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