The measure, which qualified Tuesday for the November 6 ballot, would divide California into three states, including one dubbed "Southern California" that would include San Diego, Orange County and the Central Valley - but not Los Angeles - for a jurisdiction with real red-state possibilities.
It has now received more than 402,468 valid signatures, passing the threshold required by state law, CNN reported.
Venture capitalist Tim Draper, fresh off an attention-grabbing victory getting a proposal onto the November ballot to split California into three states, said on Wednesday he was confident voters ill-served by their government would embrace the plan.
According to the ballot measure, Northern California will consist of counties in the northern part of the state, including Sacramento and San Francisco Counties. Southern California would include 12 counties, including areas as north as Madera and Fresno counties, Bakersfield, Riverside and San Diego. The government interpreted language in the U.S. Constitution to mean that both the state Legislature (in that instance in West Virginia) and Congress had to approve before a state is split into two or more states. Three smaller states would change that equation, which worries some Democrats.
Partitioning California into three states would increase the size of the U.S. Senate from 100 to 104 members, and the state's 55 electoral points would be divided among the three, according to Ballotpedia.
"It will simply divide the state into smaller, more manageable populations".
Measure to split California into 3 states qualifies for November ballot
Earlier this year, as the number of signatures on the petition began to grow he said: 'This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create three state governments that emphasize representation, responsiveness, reliability and regional identity'.
The Cal 3 initiative comes with interest growing in plans to break up or break off California. "Californians deserve a better future".
The California State flag flies beside a sign for Los Angeles' sister city Split outside City Hall, in LA in 2017.
The remaining 40 counties would be part of the state of Northern California or a name chosen by its residents.
"This measure would cost taxpayers billions of dollars to pay for the massive transactional costs of breaking up the state, whether it be universities, parks, or retirement systems", Steven Maviglio, a political consultant who helped fight Draper's past proposals, said on Twitter.
Per the Los Angeles Times, more than 200 attempts have been made since 1849 to divide California into multiple states.
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