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Measure to split California into 3 states qualifies for November ballot

Measure to split California into 3 states qualifies for November ballot

A controversial plan to divide California into three states has gotten enough signatures to appear on the ballot in November.

As Los Angeles ABC News affiliate KABC-7 reported Tuesday evening, the campaign, led by Silicon Valley billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper, turned in 600,000 signatures, almost twice the 365,000 that were required.

"California government can do a better job addressing the real issues facing the state, but this measure is a massive distraction that will cause political chaos and greater inequality", Maviglio told the Chronicle.

"The citizens of the whole state would be better served by three small state governments while preserving the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities, and towns", Draper said in his statement past year.

It would also include population centers like much of the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and everything north.

California- This would include six counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito counties.

And Southern California, moving from Mono County along the state's eastern and southern borders to San Diego, and including Fresno and Kern counties.

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The radical plan - which would be the first division of an existing US state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863 - qualified for the November ballot on Tuesday, the Secretary of State's office announced. According to the state's constitution, the ballot initiative needs 365,880 signatures in order to qualify for the November ballot. "The reality is that for an overmatched, overstretched and overwrought state-government structure, it is too big to succeed".

The plan for partitioning California would be parallel to other states that have been partitioned, including the Dakotas, the Carolinas, and the Virginias. "States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens".

On Tuesday night, Draper's campaign spokesperson, Grande, pointed to recent rankings from U.S. News and World report showing California ranked 50th for quality of life, 43rd for fiscal stability and 26th for education.

Stephen Lam / Reuters This is the third time Tim Draper, above, has tried to split up California.

If the measure is approved by voters, it would have to be ratified by Congress, which analysts say is unlikely.

Plenty of ideas about splintering California into smaller states have popped up - including an effort by rural, more conservative northern counties that seek to break away to become "State of Jefferson".

This will not be the first time such a ballot would take place.