Plan to split California into 3 states eligible for November ballot
Jun 14 2018
After more than 150 years of failed partition proposals, California voters will finally go to the polls to decide whether they want to relinquish their monopoly of the Pacific Coast and become three new states. Two questions center on the ability of a popular voter initiative to start the statehood process, and the need for residents within the three proposed new states to also approve statehood in a separate set of ballots. Now that the California Secretary of State's office has confirmed the validity of 420,000 of these signatures, Californians will vote on the proposal alongside the midterm elections this November.
Per the Los Angeles Times, more than 200 attempts have been made since 1849 to divide California into multiple states.
Northern California would include 40 counties from Santa Cruz to the OR border, including the Bay Area, the Sacramento region and parts of the San Joaquin Valley. Then Draper switched to a three-state vision instead, and this time, his signature drive was successful.
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. It could easily be bankrolled by some of the state's most powerful forces, especially those aligned with Democratic leaders. "How are you going to tell a family that lives in Los Angeles they have to pay out of state tuition to go to Berkeley?"
Once approved, the measure would require the governor to notify Congress on January 1, 2019, and request a vote on the proposed California split within 12 months of that date.
While proposals about separating California have been bandied about for years, Golden State voters will have their say on this particular initiative in November.
Ted Draper is a very rich man, but it's unlikely that he could drag his initiative across the line in November, even if he broke his piggy bank. He bankrolled efforts in 2012 and 2014 to divide the region into six different Californias, spending around $5 million in his most recent endeavor.
Not many Californians are on board thus far, however. "Californians deserve a better future".