Voters will decide if California should be split into three states

3 states update Measure To Split California Into 3 States Qualifies For November Ballot

3 states update Measure To Split California Into 3 States Qualifies For November Ballot

Said Peggy Grande of Citizens for Cal 3, the campaign on behalf of the initiative: "The California state government isn't too big to fail, because it is already failing its citizens in so many crucial ways".

According to the Los Angeles Times, the proposal officially earned a spot on the state's ballot this November.

The upper portion of the state, which would include San Francisco and the state capital Sacramento, would become Northern California.

Southern California: This would have 12 counties: San Diego, San Bernadino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern, and Imperial counties.

Los Angeles, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

If the proposal ever makes it to Capitol Hill, one hurdle in a Republican-controlled Congress would be the idea of awarding the deep blue state four more senators, likely Democratic senators. The next statewide general election is set to take place on November 6.

If the unlikely plan is successful, it would be the first time an existing USA state split since West Virginia was created in 1863. Each state, though different in size, would have roughly the same population, according to the proposal.

It says that the California states will have more of the region's influence within the federal government with more seats in the US Senate. His first proposal, in 2014 suggested the state breaking into six, not three, but this was rejected.

Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, legislators put forth various proposals to split California in half or in thirds but none ever quite gained enough momentum.

His "Cal 3" campaign got more than 400,000 valid signatures, more than the amount required by state law, CNN reported.

Last year, an effort dubbed Calexit sought to bring the question of whether California should secede from the U.S. to this year's ballot.

"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.

But even if people vote for the plan, it still requires Congressional approval.

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