California to vote on splitting into 3 states


The next statewide general election is set to take place on November 6.

The Cal 3 initiative gathered more than 600,000 signatures from registered voters across California's 58 counties, passing the 365,880 required by law. CBS Los Angeles reports the California Secretary of State's office says the straightforwardly named measure Division Of California Into Three States has reached enough signatures.

The reasons for wanting to split California up?

The proposal was spearheaded by a venture capitalist who says regional communities would function better.

"The California state government isn't too big to fail, because it is already failing its citizens in so many crucial ways", Peggy Grande, a spokesperson for Citizens for Cal 3 campaign, said in a Tuesday statement.

Nevertheless, Draper has argued it's necessary to fix the state government.

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.

Dakota, Virginia and Carolina could soon be joined by California.

The state would be divided into California, Northern California, and Southern California.

California (new): This would include six counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and San Benito counties.

Northern California: This would include 40 counties including the San Francisco Bay Area and the remaining counties north of Sacramento, the current state capital.

What are the chances of this happening?

If the plan was approved by the voters, it would need to be approved by both houses of the California legislature, an unlikely prospect. With its 55 electors in the Electoral College, California has always been a stronghold for the Democratic Party. "Splitting California into three new states will triple the amount of special interests, lobbyists, politicians and bureaucracy".

The plan would create three differently sized regions, but all would have roughly the same population. Joe Rodota, a political consultant and founder of intelligence services company Forward Observer, described the ballot to CBS as "a waste of time", and one that makes some issues unnecessarily complicated. 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. But the Russia-based leader of that campaign backed off.

But even if people vote for the plan, it still requires Congressional approval.