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Hold up, is California set to split into three seperate parts?

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Not only will Californians head to the polls in November to elect new congresspeople, but they will also vote on a proposition aiming to split the state into 3 parts: Northern California, California and Sothern California.

The question of whether California should be split into three parts is set to be put to the vote thanks to a petition created by Timothy Draper, a venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley. 

Despite initially receiving upwards of 600,000 signatures in all Californian counties, a random sampling suggested that only 76% of the signatures were genuine, leaving the total at 402,468.

The Californian Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, confirmed that the proposition will be featured in Novembers' ballot, which will also see voters elect new congresspeople and senators to serve in the federal government.

If approved, Drapers proposition would see the Californian state legislature split into three smaller state governments. The smaller state governments would supposedly allow for state politicians to better serve regular Californians.

Northern California would have 40 counties whereas central California would only have 6, including Los Angeles and Southern California would also have six counties.

In his letter to the California Attorney General, Draper said that the smaller state governments would ‘[preserve] the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities and towns.’

Draper has made numerous attempts over the years to split the Californian state legislature into smaller governing bodies, yet none of his attempts has amounted to anything. The current proposal appears to be a dulled down version of his 2014 attempt which aimed to create 6 state legislatures.

If the current proposal to separate the Californian government is voted in November, the state legislature would have a year from January 2019 to implement the change. 

Draper hopes that the current proposal would break down monopolies in the current system, allowing the state to eradicate poor services provided to regular Californians. He also went on to suggest that ‘in a competitive environment, people get good service and they pay fair prices,' an environment that would supposedly be created by separating the state legislature.

However, Draper also claimed that three state governments would not be enough as there would be ‘the same kind of environment, where you’d end up with two monopolies or three monopolies.’

This, therefore, suggests that this current proposal is merely testing the waters of Californian’s appetite for change, and perhaps even a stepping stone to even smaller state governments in years to come. 

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