California to vote on proposal to split state into three parts

Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot

Draper had previously proposed breaking California up into six states, only to see the effort fail because too many signatures for his ballot initiative were rejected.

The state got closest to dividing itself in 1859, when the state legislature and voters overwhelmingly approved a new "Territory of Colorado" to split southern California from the north.

"Northern California" would stretch from the Bay Area to Oregon.

Southern California: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern and Imperial counties. The proposal calls for three states to be formed: Northern California, roughly the Bay Area to the OR border; California, which would include six coastal counties, including Los Angeles, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura; and Southern California, which would go from Fresno to San Diego, excluding those six coastal counties. Californians voted for it to appear on the ballot in November's general election.

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The proposal was spearheaded by a venture capitalist who says regional communities would function better.

Under the proposal, each state would have about one-third of the state population. 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.

"To create three states from a standing start, you'll get all the benefits of knowing all the things that worked in the past, and all the things that could work in the future and you get to eliminate all the baggage you got in the state", Draper said in a May news conference at Draper University.

In 2013, he launched Six Californias, a plan that would divide up the Golden State into six states.

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A California split is a long shot, to say the least. President Donald Trump's victory in 2016 led to a ballot movement to have California secede from the U.S. That effort failed to gain enough signatures last year but was started again this year, CNBC reported.

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.

But even if people vote for the plan, it still requires Congressional approval.

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