Venture capitalist Tim Draper created an initiative called “CAL 3,” and said he already has 600,000 signatures.
He was required to have signatures from 365,880 registered voters. The petition requires five percent of the total votes cast in the 2014 election for the governor in order to have the vote on the ballot in November.
“This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create three state governments that emphasize representation, responsiveness, reliability and regional identity,” Draper said.
He will submit the petition next week to election officials.
While it appears many Californians are in favor of splitting the liberal utopia into three states, the measure requires congressional approval.
Getting the state’s liberal lawmakers to agree to split California into three is very unlikely, especially given they would lose billions in funding and resources.
But it does reveal many residents are in favor of the idea, which could actually have many benefits for the West Coast.
As noted by CBS Los Angles, here’s the proposed breakdown of what it would look like if approved:
— Southern State: San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera and Mono counties;
— Middle State: Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Benito counties;
— Northern State: the 40 remaining northern counties.
Draper’s initiative would allow the residents to vote on the name for each new state.
He argues that California is simply too big to be efficiently governed and managed.
By splitting California into three new states, citizens would be better served by their government, would have more of a say about policies, and it could allow smaller towns and cities to grow and expand.
It would also play a very big role in immigration, giving the middle and northern state different options for combating illegal immigration if they choose to do so.
It’s unclear what democrats in California will do if the measure passes in November, but many appear to love the idea of breaking down the massive state.