According to a document released by California's Secretary of State announced Tuesday, the initiative to get the proposal on the ballot received almost 419,362 signatures, which was more than enough to get a spot on the ballot.
"Northern California" would stretch from the Bay Area to Oregon.
The bottom portion of the state, which would include San Diego and the eastern part of the state with Fresno, would become Southern California, according to a map by the Times.
Draper's original plan had been to split California into six smaller states, but that campaign failed to collect enough signatures and died in 2014. This isn't that. Instead, this initiative would ask Congress to allow the state to divide itself into thirds.
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Silicon Valley venture capitalist and all-around busybody Ted Draper is back with another effort to chop up California into allegedly more manageable portions. The new California state along the coast from the counties of Monterey to Los Angeles would be a net importer of water from the proposed Northern California and Southern California. It could easily be bankrolled by some of the state's most powerful forces, especially those aligned with Democratic leaders.
If the measure is approved by voters, the governor will transfer the notice of state approval to Congress, which will vote to ratify the creation of the new three-state structure. "All Californians deserve more from their state, and with Cal 3, more regional responsiveness and more meaningful results will create a promising future for everyone".
The proposal aims to invoke Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, the provision guiding how an existing state can be divided into new states.
"Political representation of California's diverse population and economies has rendered the state almost ungovernable". And the allocation of California's 55 electoral college votes could be altered if the Republicans can win one of the three new states in a presidential election.
The only solution, he maintains, is smaller governments better equipped to respond to residents' specific needs depending on the region of California where they live. Creating two more Californias would add four more California members to the U.S. Senate, something those who already think California wields outsize influence would loathe.
A new state, 'New California, ' would encompass the rural areas.