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Proposal To Split California Qualifies For Ballot
June 21 2018, 06:47 | Irvin Gilbert
Measure to split California into 3 states qualifies for November ballot
The question was never put on the ballot because it failed to gain enough signatures.
Once approved, the measure would require the governor to notify Congress on January 1, 2019, and request a vote on the proposed California split within 12 months of that date.
That earlier proposal would also have reworked the US electoral map, splitting one solidly blue state into three Democratic states and three swing states, as The Washington Postwrote in 2014.
California would break into three states - Northern California, California and Southern California. The latest proposal for splitting up the Golden State would create the states of Northern California, Southern California and a narrow central coast strip retaining the name California.
The state of Northern California would contain 40 counties, including those in the Sacramento and Bay areas.
Vikram Amar, a professor and dean of the College of Law at the University of IL in Urbana-Champaign, said California's conservative-leaning inland empire (which would be part of the new Southern California) could swing Republican.
A new California would also begin in Los Angeles County and cover coastal areas.
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.
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Scholar Vikram David Amar from the University of IL has written about the California statehood proposals. The state will be voting on whether to split it up into three in November. He bankrolled efforts in 2012 and 2014 to divide the region into six different Californias, spending around $5 million in his most recent endeavor.
Californians have talked about breaking up with themselves ever since California became a state in 1850.
Steven Maviglio, a Democratic political consultant told the paper it was a bad idea.
In the initiative's introductory passage, Draper argues that "vast parts of California are poorly served by a representative government dominated by a large number of elected representatives from a small part of our state, both geographically and economically".
When a person or group backing a measure says it has enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, those signatures are turned over for verification.
Mavigilio is far from the only one oppsing the move. An April SurveyUSA poll showed registered voters opposing "CAL3" by a 72/17 margin. "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".
This will not be the first time such a ballot would take place. Obviously, not one has been successful yet, but the latest effort will have a date with voters in November - unless a legal challenge arises.