Kirsters Baish| There has been a request to split the state of California into three smaller states. It has been reported that the initiative gained enough signatures to gain a spot on the November ballot. This was confirmed by the California Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday.
More than 600,000 signatures were submitted for the pitch to split to blue state of California into three smaller states, which was named “Cal-3.”
A billionaire Silicon Valley venture capital investor by the name of Tim Draper funneled money into the ballot idea in order to divide the state into three separate jurisdictions, as reported by the Mercury News of San Jose, California.
If the measure passes, “California” would be made up of six mostly costal counties. These counties include Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties. “Northern California” would consist of 40 counties between Santa Cruz and the border of Oregon. These counties include San Fransisco and the capital of California, Sacramento. “Southern California” would hold 12 counties. These counties include Fresno, Kern, Orange, and San Diego.
Tim Draper stated to Mercury News in May, “California government has rotted. We need to empower our population to improve their government.”
The ballot measure to split the state will be up against quite a few challenges.
It would found by a SurveyUSA poll that 72 percent of California registered voters were against the proposal all together. Only 17 percent of the state’s registered voters support it. If voters do approve the plan, the California Assembly and Senate would still have to approve it, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. The initiative would then have to win approval from Congress.
Fox News reports:
Steven Maviglio, a Democratic political consultant who opposes breaking up the Golden State, told the Mercury News that Draper’s initiative was taking the wrong track.
“Splitting California into three new states will triple the amount of special interests, lobbyists, politicians and bureaucracy,” Maviglio said in an email. “California government can do a better job addressing the real issues facing the state, but this measure is a massive distraction that will cause political chaos and greater inequality.”
If passed, it would be the first division of a U.S. state since 1863 when West Virginia was created, the Times reported. California, admitted to the Union on Sept. 9, 1850, has faced more than 200 attempts at boundary reconfiguration, divisions and even secession over the course of its history, the report said.
Back in 2012 and 2014, Draper also brought up splitting California into six different states. The Hill reported that numerous signatures that his campaign had collected were invalidated by election officials. Draper submitted the new, 3-state proposal this past Summer.
He sent an email to the Times, which explained “Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes. States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens.”
University of Virginia’s Center for Politics analysts believe that the state dubbed “California” and the state dubbed “Northern California” would be more Democratic. “Southern California” is predicted to be more of a swing state.
Maviglio explained to the Times, “This measure would cost taxpayers billions of dollars to pay for the massive transactional costs of breaking up the state, whether it be universities, parks, or retirement systems.”