Initiative to split up California projected to make ballot

SACRAMENTO — An initiative that seeks to split California into three states is projected to qualify for the state’s November ballot.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said the initiative needed 365,880 valid petition signatures to qualify, and random sampling projects that figure will be reached.

The latest proposal for splitting up the state is promoted by Silicon Valley
venture capitalist Timothy Draper.


It would create the states of Northern California, Southern California, and a narrow central coast strip retaining the name California.

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Even if voters OK the initiative, an actual split would still require the approval of the state Legislature and Congress.

Certification that the initiative has qualified for the ballot will come on June 28.

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