California Will Vote Whether to Split Into 3 States This Fall

CAL 3 Chairman Tim Draper speaks during a press conference after announcing he has collected more than

Californians will vote in November to decide if they want to split into three states.

It got more than the required number of signatures in Tuesday's primary.

The push was launched by Silicon Valley titan Tim Draper, who has tried to split California before. Southern California would begin with Madera County in the Central Valley and then wind its way along the existing state's eastern and southern spine, comprising 12 counties and ultimately curving up the Pacific coast to grab San Diego and Orange counties.

In California, the reasons for such an ongoing inner conflict stem most obviously from the state's geographic and demographic diversity and the unique identities of different regions.

Turning one state into three would create four new US senators, a move that would significantly boost Californians' influence in Washington.

A breakup would be complex, as the state's businesses and universities - even its water system - are interconnected and dependent on one another.

If the proposal ever makes it to Capitol Hill, one hurdle in a Republican-controlled Congress would be the idea of awarding the deep blue state four more senators, likely Democratic senators. "Californians deserve a better future".

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The proposal hopes to split the state into three separate states of California, Northern California and Southern California.

A California split is a long shot, to say the least. Republicans won't like the addition of four US senators - at least two of whom would likely be Democrats - which would dilute the built-in advantage their small-state strength now gives them in the upper chamber.

In 1941, a group of secessionists along the border of Northern California and Southern Oregon proposed creating a new state called "Jefferson". Now that the California Secretary of State's office has confirmed the validity of 420,000 of these signatures, Californians will vote on the proposal alongside the midterm elections this November.

Vikram Amar, a law professor from the University of IL who had studied Draper's plan, told the Times that based on the last election, the Electoral College split by the plan would allow a Republican to win one of the states.

This is the third time Draper has tried to get voters to weigh in on breaking up the most populous USA state.

The new ballot measure would create states with roughly equal populations and, compared with the six-state proposal, more comparable income levels.

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