A freaky and controversial plan to split California into three states has qualified for the November ballot, and if approved by the voters would begin the process to permanently change the U.S. Congress. The Secretary of State's office reports that enough valid signatures have been collected to put the measure on the ballot.
If the ballot measure were to pass and Congress were to approve of splitting up California, the state's assets and liabilities would be divided among the three states.
Southern California would be made up of Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Tulare counties. "States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens".
The ballot initiative describes the state of California as so enormous and diverse as to be "nearly ungovernable".
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. "Californians deserve a better future".
California- This would include six counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito counties.
The stated reasons for the split echo the same proposed by Draper: California, lawmakers wrote in 1859, encloses an area "so diversified in physical and other features as to preclude, to an unwholesome degree, the possibility of uniform legislation, and render cumbersome and expensive the operation of government".
Camera Icon Venture capitalist Tim Draper delivers signatures to push for a vote in 2014
In a statement, Cal 3 spokeswoman Peggy Grande said: "The reality is that for an overmatched, overstretched and overwrought state-government structure, it is too big to succeed".
The upper portion of the state, which would include San Francisco and the state capital Sacramento, would become Northern California.
The plan would create three differently sized regions, but all would have roughly the same population.
"When you get together and you start something fresh, you have a new way to look at it and create better things" he added.
In the political sphere, the measure would create two reliably blue states and one swing state, analysts say.
The proposal, pushed by a tech billionaire, earned enough signatures to go before voters on the November 6 ballot.
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.
The California Republican Party voted to oppose the measure at its convention in May.