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Splitting California into six states may sound like a farfetched idea, but it is now one step closer to going before voters. Supporters of the measure, which include Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, say that they have now earned enough signatures to make the 2016 ballot.
The Twitter account belonging to the group organizing the measure said that they will be submitting the signatures to the state capitol in Sacramento for approval.
#SixCalifornias will be submitting signatures in Sacramento tomorrow for placement on the November 2016 ballot. Stay tuned for coverage!
— Six Californias (@SixCalifornias) July 14, 2014
Draper’s plan began gaining media coverage and traction in February. At the time, he said that the state is “ungovernable” at its current size and population. It is the most populous state in the country with 38 million residents.
“It’s important because it will help us create a more responsive, more innovative and more local government, and that ultimately will end up being better for all of Californians,” Roger Salazar, a spokesman for the campaign, told Reuters. “The idea ... is to create six states with responsive local governments - states that are more representative and accountable to their constituents.”
The campaign has earned around 808,000 signatures, Salazar said. That would be enough to get on the November 2016 ballot.
Of course, not everyone in California likes the idea, especially Democrats. Democratic strategist Steve Maviglio told SFGate.com that the campaign is a “colossal and divisive waste of time, energy and money that will hurt the California brand.”
If the plan actually happens, Los Angeles would become part of West California, while San Diego would be in South California. San Francisco would be part of a state called Silicon Valley.