Plan to split California into 3 states eligible for November ballot

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

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

"This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create three state governments that will deliver better education, better infrastructure and lower taxes", said CAL3 Chairman Tim Draper.

The upper portion of the state, which would include San Francisco and the state capital Sacramento, would become Northern California.

A new Southern California state would run south from the Northern California border, skirt around the coast from Monterey past Los Angeles, and include San Diego, Death Valley and the rest of the state east to Nevada and Arizona. California voters already approved breaking up the state in 1859, but Congress did not act on it. If passed, the measure would still need congressional approval to move forward. West Virginia was formed by seceding from a Confederate state over differences around slavery. With its 55 electors in the Electoral College, California has always been a stronghold for the Democratic Party.

A California split is a long shot, to say the least. "States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens".

This will not be the first time such a ballot would take place.

It got more than the required number of signatures in Tuesday's primary.

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

Steven Maviglio, a longtime Democratic Party political consultant who is a spokesman for OneCalifornia, the campaign against the initiative, said, "California government can do a better job addressing the real issues facing the state, but this measure is a massive distraction that will cause political chaos and greater inequality".

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".