What happens if voters approve three Californias?

3 states update Measure To Split California Into 3 States Qualifies For November Ballot

The new Northern California would include 40 counties, including Sacramento, San Jose and San Francisco as well as the state's wine country and rural northern areas.

If Californians approve the controversial ballot measure, which academics and others say faces many obstacles, it would still need the blessing of the California Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Politicians, for one, may be wary of splitting up a state that has long voted Democrat.

"This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create three state governments that will deliver better education, better infrastructure and lower taxes", said CAL3 Chairman Tim Draper.

Southern California: This would have 12 counties: San Diego, San Bernadino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern, and Imperial counties.

In 2013, he launched Six Californias, a plan that would divide up the Golden State into six states.

According to Draper, the most populous US state and the world's fifth-largest economy is "nearly ungovernable" under the current system. State filings show he paid consultants and law firms almost $560,000 past year for work related to the proposal.

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It was that issue - economic sustainability - that helped fell two of Draper's previous efforts in 2012 and 2014, to create six California states.

Lawmakers would only have 12 months after congressional approval to set the new rules; otherwise the state's debts would automatically split between the three new ones. "Californians deserve a better future".

Under the proposal, the central state of California would consist of the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito.

Such a change would instantly make Republicans more competitive in presidential contests, giving the party a crack at winning some of California's 55 electoral votes for the first time since 1988.

Northern California would consist of 40 counties stretching from OR south to Santa Cruz County, then east to Merced and Mariposa counties. An initiative that seeks to split California into three states has qualified for the state's November 2018 ballot. It would divide the population of the state roughly into even parts. The state report notes that California's water system is "one of the most complex in the world" because water "does not naturally appear in California where demand is highest". Any state assets that fall within a state's new boundary would be allotted to that state.

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