February 23, 2014
In November, residents of California may get to vote on a plan to break the country up into multiple different states.
A Silicon Valley venture capitalist is pushing a ballot proposal that would break California into six states. Tim Draper cleared a key early hurdle this week – state officials gave him the green light to begin collecting petition signatures to qualify his plan called “Six Californias” for the ballot. He needs more than 800,000 signatures by mid-July.
In documents submitted to the state, Draper argues the state of 38 million people has grown nearly ungovernable. Disputes over California’s size date to the era of its founding in 1850. If voters approve the idea of creating six new states, Congress also would have to endorse it.
It is an interesting idea, I guess. I don’t think it is going to happen, and if it did, it probably wouldn’t matter much.
What would the six different parts be called?