Initiative to divide California into six states to begin collecting signatures

By Kyle Johnson,

A plan that proposes California be split up into six states has continued to make headway after the Secretary of State's office gave the go ahead to start collecting signatures to try and get it included in the upcoming November ballot.

According to AFP, venture capitalist Tim Draper put forth the initiative as "political representation of California's diverse population and economies has rendered the state nearly ungovernable."

The initiative has until July 18 to collect 807,615 signatures for it to be included on the ballet for voters to weigh in.

Tech Times reports that California would be split up into South California, which would include the San Diego and Orange counties; West California - Los Angeles and Santa Barbara; Central California - Stockton, Fresno and Bakersfield; North California - the Sacramento area; Jefferson - Eureka and Redding; and finally Silicon Valley - San Francisco and San Jose.

If the initiative collects enough signatures, that doesn't guarantee the plan would ever fly as Congress would need to weigh in over the slicing up of a state. The process would be exceedingly complex and would require 10 senators added to Congress if it got far enough and was popular enough to pass.

image: We, Ruhrfisch and Appraiser [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC-BY-SA-2.5 or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons



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