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

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

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

The California secretary of state's office on Tuesday certified that the ballot measure had received more than 402,468 valid signatures.

It would be the first division of an existing US state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863.

Draper said his plan would help separate the state into "regional communities to make better and more sensible decisions for their citizens to address the state's most pressing issues, including the school systems, high taxes, deteriorating infrastructure and strained government", CNN reported. For a variety of reasons, that seemed to be way too many new states for most people.

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

Draper's Six Californias proposal failed twice - although it seemed to come close in 2014, when Draper collected hundreds of thousands of signatures, only to see the state reject many of them as invalid. The proposal would give the people of California six senators.

Northern California would include 40 counties from Santa Cruz to the OR border, including San Francisco and Sacramento, the state's current capital. The northern part of the state (including San Francisco and current state capitol Sacramento) would become Northern California.

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

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California, covering the Central Coast from Monterey to Los Angeles.

Last September, he submitted the modified version that he calls "Cal-3". But on Tuesday, Draper's new effort-called Cal 3-qualified for the November ballot.

One of the many, many efforts to break up the state of California into smaller, more governable chunks has made it onto the November ballot.

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Nothing about Draper's historic demarcation of democracy would be easy. And the last time California voted to split - in 1859 voters chose to split the state into two - Congress never acted, according to the Mercury News.

When a person or group backing a measure says it has enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, those signatures are turned over for verification.

From there, the plan would need congressional approval.

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The Times notes that, if the unlikely event were to take place, it'd be the first state to divide itself since West Virginia became an official entity in 1863.

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