California voters get a historic opportunity to change the way they are represented in the national government as the Golden State could be broken up into individual states. A new proposal to split the state into three distinct and individual states has recently earned enough support to find its way to the November ballot box while other options to split the states into two distinct states are still being considered.
The movement to break apart the state into Northern California, California and Southern California is referred to as the Cal 3 measure. Its opponents worry, however, that the plan separates California for the sake of separating California – it fails to address voters in the fringes of more rural California.
Per Fox News:
The Cal 3 measure, which seeks to break up America’s most populous state into three smaller states, recently gathered enough support to earn the right to appear on the Nov. 6 state election ballot, giving voters a historic chance to improve their representation on the national level.
But rather than get behind the upcoming vote, the separatist movement has fractured into multiple camps, each offering their own plans and criticizing each other for unfair dividing lines, the Washington Times reported.
New California’s Paul Preston instead wants a two-state solution to split California. His proposal would divide the state along rural-urban lines. The proposal which voters will see on the ballot in November is that of venture capitalist Tim Draper – one which Preston criticizes. As Fox News reports, he claims the plan would not address the issue of voter representation in Washington, as the three new states would consist of two deep blue states and one swing state.
“With Draper, he makes sure every area has an urbanized zone that will ultimately be blue. You still have the rural-urban thing going on in his formula,” Preston said, per the report. “The rural people will be shafted again.”
“The three Californias measure is dead on arrival,” he added. “It’s not constitutionally sound, and everybody recognizes it. Everybody I’ve been talking to — and I get flooded because we’ve got 50 counties engaged in our program — everybody’s absolutely appalled by it.”
Draper has defended his plan as being more representative of the essence of the state, albeit in three smaller states. Since California is a solidly blue state, he argues any state separation should reflect that.
“I think the rest of the country will just want to do what’s right for California,” Draper said in April, according to Fox News.
“It takes up the same land mass as 15 states on the East Coast. The population is the equivalent of an average of six or seven states. So I think it’s appropriate to have California represented by at least three states.”
A third major proposal is being considered: succession.
California’s Louis Marinelli, meanwhile, opposes both the Draper and Preston initiatives, claiming all of them are just Republican plots to “chip away at the voice California lends to the republic as a solid blue state.”
Marinelli’s plan, dubbed Calexit, seeks to make California a wholly independent country and secede from the U.S. altogether – a step too far for other separatists.
“That’s secession. That’s what happened in the Civil War,” Preston said, nothing that his group would not support the initiative. “They want to create a new country, and that’s just not going to happen. First of all, it’s illegal under our Constitution. There’s no base out here to support that.”
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