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Californians get almost double the required signatures, set to vote on splitting into 3 states

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California voters may get a chance at splitting their gargantuan state into three smaller entities this November, a welcome change for many who feel they aren’t adequately represented.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper initiated the petition (known as “CAL 3”), which has gotten nearly double the 365,880 signatures required to be on the ballot- occurring over 600,000 signatures.

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“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.

The initiative would require congressional approval, but would essentially split the states into areas that could better represent those who live in them- a long-time source of contention mainly for those who don’t live along the southern coast.

In the words of Draper, “the citizens of the whole state would be better served by three smaller state governments while preserving the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities and towns.”

According to CBS Los Angeles, Democratic Party consultant Steven Maviglio has long opposed the idea, claiming that “Splitting California into three and creating three new governments does nothing to solve our state’s challenges other than tripling them.”

Those frustrated by sanctuary cities, stringent gun control and high taxes, however, may feel a little differently.

 

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