A Bay Area venture capitalist backing a ballot measure to divide California into three states said Thursday it has received more than enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
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.
Could California be split up to better represent its citizens? By the way, this initiative has no connection to the efforts to have California secede from the United States.
It looks like voters could get a chance to decide whether California should be split into three states.
CNN reached out to Secretary of State Alex Padilla, but he refused to comment until he receives the signatures.
A second state, Southern California or a name to be chosen by its residents, would consist of Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera and Mono counties.
If the measure is approved by voters, the governor will transfer the notice of state approval to Congress, which will vote to ratify the creation of the new three-state structure. Most recently, there was talk of splitting the state into two pieces. 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.
Draper explained that partitioning California into three states would empower regional communities to make better and more sensible decisions for their citizens. It's called CAL 3. The three-way split goes like this: Northern California would include the Bay Area all the way to the OR border. And the practical aspects of splitting up the Golden State's parks, prisons, schools, universities, power grid and water supply are daunting. "It's kind of a shame with so many important issues facing the state that this wacky idea might appear on the ballot".