Break Up California Into 3 Smaller States, Billionaire Urges

A tech billionaire has successfully gathered enough signatures to enable voters of California to decide whether to break up the Golden State into three. Tim Draper says he has amassed more than 600,000 signatures to enable his plan to be put before voters

Venture capitalist Tim Draper says he plans to deliver more than 600,000 signatures next week to be verified by California's secretary of state.

Tim Draper announced Thursday that his initiative had gotten more than 600,000 signatures from registered voters across all of the state's 58 counties, surpassing the 365,880 signatures required by state law.

Draper, 59, launched the CAL 3 initiative in October.

If enough of the more than 600,000 signatures are verified by the California Secretary of State, it would give residents their first chance since before the Civil War to vote on whether to divvy up the most populous USA state, which critics have argued has grown too big to be governable.

California: This will be considered the new state which includes Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito counties.

The northern state would include the other 40 counties.

"I think that these three new states are going to empower people to realize what's possible in government", Draper said. It would seek to have all three California states remain in the Union. That may not sit well with representatives from flyover country who already feel like California, which has grown deeply Democratic, has too much influence in Congress.

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To go in to effect, California would first must certify 585,400 of those signatures that Draper has gathered, and Republicans in November would have to go on the step.

The question was never put on the ballot because it failed to gain enough signatures.

Even if the placed on November's ballot, splitting California into three states would require congressional approval.

The proposal would see California shrunk down to its coastal areas between Los Angeles and Sonoma Counties.

Preston and Reed called for a "free and Independent State" with 'full power to establish and maintain law and order, to promote general prosperity'.

Draper argues CAL 3 would solve many of California's most pressing issues, including the state's failing school systems, highest-in-the-nation taxes, deteriorating infrastructure and strained government, by allowing regional communities to make decisions for their citizens.

A consensus would have to be reached by the state legislatures of California as well as Congress.

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