The proposal to break California into three separate states has received enough signatures to be placed on the November ballot. On Tuesday, elections officials said a sample of the signatures projects more than 402,468 of them are valid - more than enough to be included on a November ballot that could see as many as 16 propositions by the deadline for certification later this month.
Other attempts to divide California have been made over the years, including a long running effort to combine parts of northern California and southern OR into the State of Jefferson. The initiative did not qualify for the ballot.
- Northern California would include 40 counties from Santa Cruz to the OR border, including San Francisco and Sacramento, the state's current capital.
Political experts say Congress is unlikely to approve a split-up of California, especially Democrats who would be deeply reluctant to break up a dependably blue state.
California, covering the Central Coast from Monterey to Los Angeles.
In the history of the US, there have been four state splits.
Counties would continue to fall under the purview of the existing California government until each new state established its own separate government and adopted a constitution.
"Dems consider California to be a single golden empire, it would be hard for them to accept it as three golden empires". "The unanimous support for CAL 3 from all 58 of California's counties to reach this unprecedented milestone in the legislative process is the signal that across California, we are united behind CAL 3 to create a brighter future for everyone", Draper said in a statement in April after the signatures were collected.
"It will simply divide the state into smaller, more manageable populations". 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. With its 55 electors in the Electoral College, California has always been a stronghold for the Democratic Party.
Peggy Grande, a spokeswoman for the "Cal 3" campaign, on Wednesday said she doesn't know "exactly what the dollar figure will look like". And one of those states, based on past election results, could be won by a Republican. "We could end up with a situation where part of South California loses all of its access to water". Dividing it into three smaller Californias, he claims, would lead to "better decision making", "a dramatically more effective education system", and "more reliable roads".