Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

‘Three Californias’ Measure Will Be on November Ballot

‘Three Californias’ Measure Will Be on November Ballot

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

A proposal to divide California into three states is now eligible for the November statewide ballot.

The radical plan - which would be the first division of an existing US state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863 - qualified for the November ballot on Tuesday, the Secretary of State's office announced. That prospect has been enough to realistically thwart any long-term efforts to add Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia as new states. Cal 3 qualified for the ballot with more than the required number of signatures, representing Californians from all 58 counties. "Because if we don't like one, we can now bust out".

Amar also points to arguments made by scholars such as Michael Stokes Paulsen that a proper original textual reading of Article IV, Section 3, indicates that the clause's second semi-colon presents "the distinct possibility- ... that Article IV, Section 3 therefore prohibits the creation of new States exclusively from within the boundaries of existing ones".

The ballot's leading backer, billionaire Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper, insists, however, that because the measure is using a process set up by the California constitution, the ballot measure alone would satisfy that requirement.

The plan calls for three new entities: Northern California, California and Southern California.

Californians will vote whether to separate into three states: California, Northern California and Southern California - subject to approval by US Congress.

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An exterior of the state capitol is shown on January 5, 2006 in Sacramento, California. In the unlikely event the measure is approved, the change would be the first division of an existing USA state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863. But Congress, riven by divisions that sparked the Civil War, never acted on the request. If the proposal passes, California would be divided into California, Northern California, and Southern California. But in 2012, he turned his attention to reinventing California.

Earlier this year, Robert Preston and Tom Reed put forward their own proposal calling for splitting California into two because the state had become "ungovernable" because of high taxes.

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. The state government, he has said, is "rotting". The state analysis notes that it's been a long time since this issue last came up, and there are some uncertainties in the law. It also would leapfrog statehood dreams in Puerto Rico and other USA territories.

"It will simply divide the state into smaller, more manageable populations".

"None of those problems disappear", she said, "but what does happen is the solutions become more representative of the people they affect".

That earlier proposal would also have reworked the USA electoral map, splitting one solidly blue state into three Democratic states and three swing states, as The Washington Post wrote in 2014.

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