"Division Of California IntoThree States" measure heads to 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

Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot | TheHill

California's secretary of State will officially certify the initiative to be included in the General Election ballot later this month.

Northern California- This would include 40 counties including the San Francisco Bay Area and the remaining counties north of Sacramento.

Tim Draper, a venture capitalist, was the proponent of the long-shot initiative to split the state, which got almost 420,000 valid signatures, more than enough to be included in the General Election ballot in November, according to California's secretary of State.

"The citizens of the whole state would be better served by three small state governments while preserving the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities, and towns", Draper said in his statement previous year.

The proposal would break the nation's largest state into three, KABC reported.

Some California residents are trying to split up the state - again. And while California now has two US senators, the new bloc of three Californias would have six under the new proposal. It cleared its first hurdle in October when Draper was given the go-ahead to find signatures so the initiative could make it to the ballot, according to the Deseret News.

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

The three proposed states are split fairly evenly by population, but differ in terms of median income and leading industry.

The plan would also need approval in the U.S. Congress, but would likely meet stiff opposition there as well because it would increase the number of Senators, and take away the advantage that Democrats have by being able to reliably claim all of California's electoral votes.

But even if the plan is approved at the ballot box, Congress would still have the final say on whether it can go ahead.

Mavigilio is far from the only one oppsing the move.

But there's many reasons to be skeptical that voters will choose to split the state. A recent survey found that only 17 percent of registered voters in the state favor the plan while 72 percent oppose it. In the unlikely event the measure is approved, the change would be the first division of an existing USA state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863.

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