Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Measure to split California into 3 states qualifies for November ballot

Measure to split California into 3 states qualifies for November ballot

Draper, a venture capitalist and cryptocurrency enthusiast, obtained enough signatures for the measure to qualify for the state's ballot in November, the California Secretary of State announced late Tuesday.

It got more than the required number of signatures in Tuesday's primary. He gathered enough signatures for the question to be included on the ballot at this year's elections.

In 2014, Draper failed with a similar proposal: To split the Golden State into six smaller governments. Southern California depends more on manufacturing and wholesale, and has a median household income of $45,000.

The southern state would comprise Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, and Mono.

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In northernmost parts of California, rebellious souls have been flirting since 1941 with the idea of their own state called "Jefferson" which would mesh with the southern counties of Oregon.

The only solution, he maintains, is smaller governments better equipped to respond to residents' specific needs depending on the region of California where they live.

An exterior of the state capitol is shown on January 5, 2006 in Sacramento, California.

"Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes", he told the Los Angeles Times.

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It appears that Draper's plan has gone further than many sceptics had imagined. A recent survey found that only 17 percent of registered voters in the state favor the plan while 72 percent oppose it.

What's more, Congress is unlikely to want to create four new U.S. Senators, two for each of the additional Californias, which could shake up the electoral college in future presidential elections.

This isn't the first time that Draper attempted to get an initiative to break apart the most populous state.

If the measure is approved by voters, the governor will transfer the notice of state approval to Congress, which will vote to ratify the creation of the new three-state structure.

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