Cal 3: 'Three Californias' Referendum to Appear on November 2018 Ballot

This CNN graphic breaks down an initiative that would divide California into three separate states.

The initiative proposes the state to be split into three new states: California, Northern California and Southern California.

CAL 3, an initiative spearheaded by venture capitalist Tim Draper, has submitted 600,000 to the California secretary of state, far more than the 365,000 needed to secure a ballot spot, according to state officials Tuesday evening.

A proposal to split California into three states will be on California's November ballot.

The reasons for wanting to split California up?

According to the Cal 3 website, partitioning the state would also allow state legislatures to make better and more sensible decisions for their communities.

"The California state government isn't too big to fail, because it is already failing its citizens in so many crucial ways", Citizens for Cal 3 campaign spokeswoman Peggy Grande said in a Tuesday statement.

But Draper contends that the state needs a change and cutting it up into three parts is the solution. "Californians deserve a better future". It could easily be bankrolled by some of the state's most powerful forces, especially those aligned with Democratic leaders. The proposal calls for three states to be formed: Northern California, roughly the Bay Area to the OR border; California, which would include six coastal counties, including Los Angeles, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura; and Southern California, which would go from Fresno to San Diego, excluding those six coastal counties.

Southern California- This would include 12 counties: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern and Imperial counties.

What are the chances of this happening?

But even if the plan is approved at the ballot box, Congress would still have the final say on whether it can go ahead. If passed, the measure would still need congressional approval to move forward. With its 55 electors in the Electoral College, California has always been a stronghold for the Democratic Party.

Present day California is the world's fifth biggest economy with a GSP (gross state product) of $2.75 trillion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, making it bigger than the United Kingdom economy.

In 1992, Stan Statham, an assemblyman from Northern California, embarked on "a quixotic campaign to split California in three", as Sacramento's News & Review recalled.

This will not be the first time such a ballot would take place. Government law experts say a plan would probably require an act of Congress - and it's unlikely Republicans in Washington would welcome the idea of potentially adding more solidly blue states.

You might have heard the buzz around CalExit - efforts to have California secede from the nation.

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