Cal 3: 'Three Californias' Referendum to Appear on November 2018 Ballot

Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot

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A plan to split California into three states has made it to the November ballot and, though a long shot, could result in the first division of an existing state since West Virginia was created in 1863.

Californians will vote this fall on whether to split their state into three. A geographically small, but population dense strip of the central coast (including Los Angeles) would remain California.

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

Southern California: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern and Imperial counties.

"California government has rotted", he told Mercury News last month. So what would happen if they approve the three-Californias ballot measure? A recent survey found that only 17 percent of registered voters in the state favor the plan while 72 percent oppose it.

The proposition is supported by billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper, who believes that the state has become too large to properly serve its citizens, and argues that the rest of the country should encourage the effort.

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The plan calls for three new entities: Northern California, California and Southern California.

Splitting California into three states would require congressional approval.

He backed proposals in 2012 and 2014 to create six California states, but both initiatives fell short of gathering enough valid signatures.

That earlier proposal would also have reworked the USA electoral map, splitting one solidly blue state into three Democratic states and three swing states, as The Washington Post wrote in 2014. If a majority of voters who cast ballots agree, the process would begin for the first division of an existing USA state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863.

With slightly more than 39 million people, California is the most populous state in the nation. There the measure would face an uphill battle, given that it effectively gives present-day California an additional four Senate seats and would end the Democratic lock of a state with 55 electoral votes.

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