Measure to split California into 3 states qualifies for November ballot

Measure to split California into 3 states qualifies for November ballot

Californians will vote this fall on whether to split their state into three.

40 counties from Santa Cruz to the OR border, including the Bay Area, the Sacramento region and parts of the San Joaquin Valley.

A second state, Southern California or a name to be chosen by its residents, would consist of Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera and Mono counties.

California- This would include six counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito counties. California voters already approved breaking up the state in 1859, but Congress did not act on it. The next statewide general election is set to take place on November 6.

It would be the first division of an existing US state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863. If passed, the measure would still need congressional approval to move forward.

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California gets 55 electors in the Electoral College - a powerful number that has been a huge unmovable bloc for the Democratic candidate. "Splitting California into three new states will triple the amount of special interests, lobbyists, politicians and bureaucracy".

Critics of the initiative say having three Californias would actually diminish the power of Democrats. Supporters say the three state proposal would benefit infrastructure, education, and lower taxes.

The CAL3 initiative has gathered 600,000 signatures, 235,000 more than required to qualify for the ballot. It would divide the population of the state roughly into even parts.

Plenty of ideas about splintering California into smaller states have popped up - including an effort by rural, more conservative northern counties that seek to break away to become "State of Jefferson". 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.

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