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California to vote on splitting into 3 states

Radical plan to split California into three states earns spot on November ballot

On Tuesday, the California Secretary of State confirmed in a memo that Draper's Cal-3 campaign attained enough valid signatures to earn a spot on the ballot November 6. The measure became eligible for the general election almost two months after Cal 3, the group behind the initiative, said it turned in more than 600,000 signatures to the Secretary of State.

"This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create three state governments that will deliver better education, better infrastructure and lower taxes", said CAL3 Chairman Tim Draper.

If the plan was approved by the voters, it would need to be approved by both houses of the California legislature, an unlikely prospect.

Southern California, meanwhile, would include Orange and San Diego Counties as well what's now known as California's Central Valley and Inland Empire. Southern California would begin in Fresno and cover most of the southern state.

The ballot initiative describes the state of California as so enormous and diverse as to be "nearly ungovernable".

Turning one state into three would create four new US senators, a move that would significantly boost Californians' influence in Washington.

Constitutional lawyer and professor Jonathan Turley told CNN that congressional approval is not impossible, but not likely to happen, as Democrats could feel they have too much to lose.

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Californians have long debated whether they were better as a whole or in parts.

Northern California would include 40 counties from Santa Cruz to the OR border, including San Francisco and Sacramento, the state's current capital.

Counties would continue to fall under the purview of the existing California government until each new state established its own separate government and adopted a constitution. If the Legislature failed to act in the given time frame, California's debts would be divided among the new states based on population.

"While this measure anticipates action to divide California's debts and secure congressional approval within two years after voter approval, it would be hard for this timeline to be put into practice", the state report concluded.

-California would have approximately 12.3 million residents and would be centered around Los Angeles County.

While proposals about separating California have been bandied about for years, Golden State voters will have their say on this particular initiative in November.

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