Initiative to split California into three states qualifies for ballot

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Initiative to split California into three states qualifies for ballot

It's the brainchild of Silicon Valley tech billionaire Tim Draper, who previously proposed splitting California into six states, most recently in 2014.

A freakish and controversial plan to split California into three states has qualified for the November ballot, and if approved by the voters would begin the process to permanently change the U.S. Congress.

The initiative proposes dividing the state into Southern California, from San Diego to Fresno; Northern California, from OR to Santa Cruz County; and California, which would consist of the six counties between Los Angeles and Monterey along the coastline.

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

Southern California would be made up of Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Tulare counties.

According to the Constitution, any initiative to move state boundaries or split states into new ones requires approval from Congress.

If passed by a majority of voters, it would kickstart a years-long legal battle between local and federal authorities and would eventually find its way to Congress. If a majority of voters who cast ballots agree, the process would begin for the first division of an existing USA state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863.

Getting an initiative on a November 2016 ballot required about 808,000 signatures.

California gets 55 electors in the Electoral College - a powerful number that has been a huge unmovable bloc for the Democratic candidate.

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.

The plan would create three differently sized regions, but all would have roughly the same population.

A CNN analysis in April found that even if California split into three states, it would still be underrepresented in the Senate compared with most of the US.

This will not be the first time such a ballot would take place.

Opponents are anxious how the state's vast resources would be divided were the state to break apart and say the proposal would harm poor regions while demarcating rich areas that generate most of California's current tax revenue.

You might have heard the buzz around CalExit - efforts to have California secede from the nation.

According to the proposal, this will solve issues in the state including failing school systems, high taxes, deteriorating infrastructure, and strained government.

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