Could California Split Into Six States?

That’s the plan

(Time) Supporters of a long-shot measure that would split California into six states plan to submit 1.3 million signatures to election officials on July 15. The quixotic effort, spearheaded by venture capitalist Tim Draper, needs officials to deem at least 807,615 of those signatures valid in order to qualify for the November 2016 election.

Why valid? John Conyers didn’t need valid signatures?

If every signature were valid, that would mean one in about every 30 Californians is ready to cleft America’s most populous state into sixths—or at least vote on the issue in two years. The borders would be established along county lines outlined in the proposal, creating the states of Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California.

Why do this?

Draper, known for successful investments in companies such as Hotmail and Skype, told TIME about the inspiration behind his proposal in February:

The strongest argument for Six Californias is that we are not well-represented. The people down south are very concerned with things like immigration law and the people way up north are frustrated by taxation without representation. And the people in coastal California are frustrated because of water rights. And the people in Silicon Valley are frustrated because the government doesn’t keep up with technology. And in Los Angeles, their issues revolve around copyright law. Each region has its own interest, and I think California is ungovernable because they can’t balance all those interests. I’m looking at Six Californias as a way of giving California a refresh and allowing those states to both cooperate and compete with each other.

Those are some good points. This is actually well thought out (see the “in the proposal” link). Might this lead to similar measures in other states, even smaller ones?

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2 Responses to “Could California Split Into Six States?”

  1. david7134 says:

    This will happen when turtles sprout wings and fly. California is one of the culture media for the Democrats pernicious infestation. They have been careful to make sure that the inner cities remain poor and at there beck and call for elections as well as to flood the area with “undocumented” individuals that will shortly have voting capacity and will be only voting for the communist.

  2. Jeffery says:

    And ten more Democratic Senators.

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