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Plan to split California into 3 states eligible for November ballot

Plan to split California into 3 states eligible for November ballot

If the state's residents vote for the proposal, California's legislature would have a year, beginning in January of 2019, to implement it.

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

The reasons for wanting to split California up?

Billionaire Tim Draper, who's leading a push to break California into three states, is getting his shot to let voters decide on the issue.

The CAL3 initiative has gathered 600,000 signatures, 235,000 more than required to qualify for the ballot. The reality is that for an overmatched, overstretched and overwrought state government structure, it is too big to succeed. Dividing it into three smaller Californias, he claims, would lead to "better decision making", "a dramatically more effective education system", and "more reliable roads".

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A nascent opposition campaign already is sounding the more practical alarms about splitting California into three states.

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

But critics have slammed the partition effort as a distraction and say that breaking up the state would cost billions of tax dollars.

Draper's initiative calls for the division of California into the new states of "California", "Northern California" and "Southern California". The newly proposed Southern California includes traditionally Republican areas such as Orange County.

What are the chances of this happening? With its 55 electors in the Electoral College, California has always been a stronghold for the Democratic Party.

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Draper previously pushed an initiative aiming to split California into six states.

Supporters say the state has grown too large to meet the needs of Californians.

"If some people feel that their government isn't working for them - and I know a lot of people in very poor regions feel that the status quo is not working for them - this would be an opportunity for them to easily move to another state without leaving the attractive weather we get here", he said.

Draper used to advocate for creating six separate states from California - including one just for Silicon Valley and one state that would be entirely inland.

You might have heard the buzz around CalExit - efforts to have California secede from the nation. But the Russia-based leader of that campaign backed off. In 1859, the state legislature consented separate areas south of the Tehachapi Mountains (including Los Angeles and San Diego) into a separate territory or state, but Congress never acted on it.

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