Initiative to split California into three states qualifies for ballot

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 13, 2018

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will certify the initiative as qualified for the November 6th ballot on June 28.

The initiative proposes the state to be split into three new states: California, Northern California and Southern California.

Steven Maviglio, spokesman for One California, an organization opposing the 3-state proposal, said dividing the state would be costly and problematic for residents.

The initiative proposes dividing the state into Southern California, from San Diego to Fresno; Northern California, from OR to Santa Cruz County; and California, which would consist of the six counties between Los Angeles and Monterey along the coastline.

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.

Voters supported breaking up California into two states in 1859, but Congress never moved forward with the proposal. Californians voted for it to appear on the ballot in November's general election.

Should California divide into three separate states -the southwest coast centered around Los Angeles, the north, and the south- it would be the first time in USA history since the creation of West Virginia in 1863.

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According to the Cal 3 website, partitioning the state would also allow state legislatures to make better and more sensible decisions for their communities.

If the proposal passes in November, it would still need to be approved by Congress.

California gets 55 electors in the Electoral College - a powerful number that has been a huge unmovable bloc for the Democratic candidate. It would divide the population of the state roughly into even parts.

The new California would consist of coastal regions including Monterey County and Los Angeles.

In 1992, Stan Statham, an assemblyman from Northern California, embarked on "a quixotic campaign to split California in three", as Sacramento's News & Review recalled.

This isn't the first time that Draper attempted to get an initiative to break apart the most populous state. President Donald Trump's victory in 2016 led to a ballot movement to have California secede from the U.S. That effort failed to gain enough signatures last year but was started again this year, CNBC reported.

"California's 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".

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