"Division Of California IntoThree States" measure heads to November ballot

3 states update Measure To Split California Into 3 States Qualifies For November Ballot

3 states update Measure To Split California Into 3 States Qualifies For November Ballot

A plan to divide California into three separate states will be put to voters in November's mid-term elections after securing enough signatures to be put on the ballot.

A local venture capitalist's proposal to break up California, "CAL 3", gained almost double the necessary signatures to get it on the ballot in November, which will allow state voters to decide on the partition.

Northern California would include 40 counties from Santa Cruz to the OR border, including San Francisco and Sacramento, the state's current capital.

Southern California will consist of a number of counties in the state's Central Valley, Inland Empire, and southern coastal regions, including Fresno, San Bernardino, Orange, and San Diego Counties.

The initiative proposes the state to be split into three new states: California, Northern California and Southern California.

If the proposal passes in November, it would still need to be approved by Congress.

Should California divide into three separate states -the southwest coast centered around Los Angeles, the north, and the south- it would be the first time in U.S. history since the creation of West Virginia in 1863. Government law experts say a plan would probably require an act of Congress - and it's unlikely Republicans in Washington would welcome the idea of potentially adding more solidly blue states. His first proposal, in 2014 suggested the state breaking into six, not three, but this was rejected.

"CAL 3" has no connection to efforts to have California secede from the United States.

A California split is a long shot, to say the least.

Cal 3 sees this as an advantage: "Electoral College votes will be divided among the new states based on population, roughly the same as they are apportioned today, but with the additional recognition that comes with more direct and proportional influence over the Electoral College totals".

California governments would be served by three smaller state governments.

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

According to the proposal, this will solve issues in the state including failing school systems, high taxes, deteriorating infrastructure, and strained government.

Any effort to break up the state would still have to receive Congressional approval.

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