According to California's Secretary of State office, the initiative is one of four that are eligible for placement on the November ballot.
The reasons for wanting to split California up?
Proponents of the proposal argue that Californians would be better off with smaller governments that can tailor their policies and actions. "States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens". If a majority of voters who cast ballots agree, the process would begin for the first division of an existing USA state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863.
Draper's proposal is to split the state into Northern California, Southern California and just California, each with a population of around 13 million.
Tim Draper, the main proponent of the initiative and its prime bankroller, gathered at least 402,000 signatures to divide California into three parts: a state called Northern California sprawling from OR down to San Francisco, another called California that'd primarily include Los Angeles and a band of land up the coast, and another dubbed Southern California that'd include Fresno, Bakersfield and San Diego.
Southern California: This would have 12 counties: San Diego, San Bernadino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern, and Imperial counties.
In northernmost parts of California, rebellious souls have been flirting since 1941 with the idea of their own state called "Jefferson" which would mesh with the southern counties of Oregon.
What are the chances of this happening?If passed, the measure would still need congressional approval to move forward.
"Dems consider California to be a single golden empire, it would be hard for them to accept it as three golden empires". With its 55 electors in the Electoral College, California has always been a stronghold for the Democratic Party.
Stephen Lam / Reuters This is the third time Tim Draper, above, has tried to split up California.
This will not be the first time such a ballot would take place. He backed a proposal to turn California into six states in 2014 but it failed to get the required number of signatures to qualify and the measure was not presented to voters.