Proposal to split California into 3 states makes it onto ballot

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California’s Secretary of State’s office said Tuesday that a ballot measure to split the Golden State into three states — California, Northern California, and Southern California — had gotten more than enough valid signatures to make it onto the November ballot. The initiative was spearheaded by Silicon Valley venture capitalist and cryptocurrency enthusiast Tim Draper, whose previous efforts to split California into six states failed due to insufficient valid signatures. If successful, the plan could lead to the first division of a state since West Virginia was split from Virginia in 1863. Any break would require congressional approval, however, which would be tricky since the change would create two reliably Democratic states and one swing state. Voters backed splitting California into two states in 1859, but Congress never followed through.

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