California to vote on whether to split into three states

13 June, 2018, 20:36 | Author: Wade Massey
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According to the secretary of state's site, the measure needed 365,880 signatures and had gathered 419,462 valid signatures by Tuesday.

The ballot initiative would designate three states.

Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Tulare counties. Northern California would extend from the San Francisco Bay Area and points north. California would run from Los Angeles County to the next five counties north up the coast.

According to a letter from the state's Legislative Analyst's Office, the new states will face income disparities, in addition to "virtually certain" court challenges that could take years to resolve.

If the measure is approved by voters, it would have to be ratified by Congress, which analysts say is unlikely. Californians voted for it to appear on the ballot in November's general election.

Draper explains that by splitting California into North California, California (New) and South California, it would "empower regional communities to make better and more sensible decisions for their citizens".

Graphic of the State of California shows the divisions of a proposed initiative to split the state into three states
Graphic of the State of California shows the divisions of a proposed initiative to split the state into three states

The plan for partitioning California would be parallel to other states that have been partitioned, including the Dakotas, the Carolinas, and the Virginias.

If passed by a majority of voters, it would kickstart a years-long legal battle between local and federal authorities and would eventually find its way to Congress.

California gets 55 electors in the Electoral College - a powerful number that has been a huge unmovable bloc for the Democratic candidate. His first proposal, in 2014 suggested the state breaking into six, not three, but this was rejected.

Under the proposal, each state would have about one-third of the state population.

Critics of the initiative say having three Californias would actually diminish the power of Democrats.

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

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