Californians to Vote on Initiative to Divide Their State Into 3

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Californians to Vote on Initiative to Divide Their State Into 3

On Tuesday, California's secretary of state announced that enough petition signatures were certified to place an initiative on this fall's ballot to divide the Golden State into three states.

Election officials say this year's effort gathered the roughly 365,000 signatures it needed to land on the general election ballot.

A proposal to divide California into three states is now eligible for the November statewide ballot.

The Bay Area would be part of a new Northern California state with a border that starts north of Monterey, runs east and north to the Nevada state line, and includes everything north to the OR border.

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

Even if Californians voted for the initiative, it would still require congressional approval.

The proposal would see California shrunk down to its coastal areas between Los Angeles and Sonoma Counties.

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.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist and all-around busybody Ted Draper is back with another effort to chop up California into allegedly more manageable portions. It could easily be bankrolled by some of the state's most powerful forces, especially those aligned with Democratic leaders. 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.

Draper originally floated the idea of dividing California into six states.

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

California governments would be served by three smaller state governments.

In California, the reasons for such an ongoing inner conflict stem most obviously from the state's geographic and demographic diversity and the unique identities of different regions. "Californians deserve a better future". The Golden State's population would be divided nearly equally among the three new states. 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.

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