California residents to vote on splitting into 3 states
15 June, 2018, 05:55 | Author: Edward Snyder
A controversial measure to split California into three states has gathered enough signatures to make it onto the ballot this November.
"How would we pay for basic services, what are our basic services, how would we fund just basic state government", he said.
The new Northern California would include 40 counties, including Sacramento, San Jose and San Francisco as well as the state's wine country and rural northern areas. With its 55 electors in the Electoral College, California has always been a stronghold for the Democratic Party.
Draper and his team argue California has become ungovernable because of economic and geographic diversity. Even if the measure does pass, it will require congressional approval to break up the existing state of California.
Draper's initiative calls for the division of California into the new states of "California", "Northern California" and "Southern California". While California's differences run deep, they may only be heightened in closer quarters. He backed proposals in 2012 and 2014 to create sixCalifornia states, but both initiatives fell short of gathering enough valid signatures. Southern California would have 12 counties with 13.9 million people.
Draper has reasons for wanting to slice and dice his home state. The proposal would give the people of Californiasix senators.
Under the proposal, each state would have about one-third of the state population.
California, covering the Central Coast from Monterey to Los Angeles.
"B$3 ecause the newly created "Southern California" state could easily vote for a Republican presidential candidate (as noted above, Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama in 2012 in this region) and give its 18 or so electors to a Republican, then Democrats would run a serious risk moving from a 55-0 advantage in California to something like 41-18", said Mr. Amar in a September 8 post on Verdict.
"Dems consider California to be a single golden empire, it would be hard for them to accept it as three golden empires".
"Meaningful improvement has proven impossible through the Sacramento system of top-down control", said the Cal 3website.
Vikram Amar, a law professor from the University of IL who had studied Draper's plan, told the Times that based on the last election, the Electoral College split by the plan would allow a Republican to win one of the states.
A publicized effort by activists to have California secede from the United States, branded the "Calexit" proposal, continues to be bandied about for the ballot in 2020.
A CNN analysis in April found that even if California split into three states, it would still be underrepresented in the Senate compared with most of the US. But the Russia-based leader of that campaign backed off.
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