‘Three Californias’ Measure Will Be on November Ballot

The vote would radically shake up not only the West Coast but the entire nation

Draper made a similar attempt to divide California into six states in 2014 and failed to gather enough signatures.

People in California will have the chance to vote on the radical proposal to split the state into three.

In northernmost parts of California, rebellious souls have been flirting since 1941 with the idea of their own state called "Jefferson" which would mesh with the southern counties of Oregon.

Southern California: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern and Imperial counties.

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

If the plan was approved by the voters, it would need to be approved by both houses of the California legislature, an unlikely prospect. The next statewide general election is set to take place on November 6.

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

Venture capitalist Tim Draper delivers signatures to push for a vote in 2014
Camera Icon Venture capitalist Tim Draper delivers signatures to push for a vote in 2014

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

The proposal would break the nation's largest state into three, KABC reported. Each state, though different in size, would have roughly the same population, according to the proposal.

In 1992, Stan Statham, an assemblyman from Northern California, embarked on "a quixotic campaign to split California in three", as Sacramento's News & Review recalled.

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.

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

Last year, an effort dubbed Calexit sought to bring the question of whether California should secede from the United States to this year's ballot.

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.

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