Proposal to split California into three states makes November ballot

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So what would happen if they approve the three-Californias ballot measure?

A controversial plan to split the Golden State into three separate states qualified for the November 6th ballot.

California governments would be served by three smaller state governments.

40 counties from Santa Cruz to the OR border, including the Bay Area, the Sacramento region and parts of the San Joaquin Valley.

Draper's proposal envisions splitting California into three separate states: Northern California, which would include San Francisco and Sacramento; Southern California, including San Diego, San Bernardino, and the Mojave Desert; and California, a sliver of coastline taking in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

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What do you think of the proposal?

"CAL 3" has no connection to efforts to have California secede from the United States.

The Times notes that, if the unlikely event were to take place, it'd be the first state to divide itself since West Virginia became an official entity in 1863.

According to the secretary of state's site, the measure needed 365,880 signatures and had gathered 419,462 valid signatures by Tuesday.

Nevertheless, Draper has argued it's necessary to fix the state government. Southern California would begin in Fresno and cover most of the southern state.

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Voters can not simply decide to break up a state in a simple majority vote.

But there's many reasons to be skeptical that voters will choose to split the state.

"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", Maviglio told the Times.

If approved by voters in November, it would still have to be approved by both houses of the state legislature, and then the US Congress.

Venture Capitalist Tim Draper is behind the initiative.

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Plenty of ideas about splintering California into smaller states have popped up - including an effort by rural, more conservative northern counties that seek to break away to become "State of Jefferson".