Six Californias measure could appear on 2016 ballot
July 18, 2014
The campaign for an initiative to divide California into six separate states says it has collected enough signatures to place the measure on the 2016 ballot. [LA Times]
In order to qualify for the ballot, the six Californias campaign must have gathered 808,000 signatures by Friday. Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, the leader of the initiative, filed the signatures in Sacramento on Tuesday.
State officials must now review the signatures to determine if there are enough valid ones to qualify.
The Six Californias campaign would create the states of Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California. The proposal positions San Luis Obispo County along with Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties in West California.
Even if Californians approve of the initiative, the U.S. Congress would have to sign off in order for the split to take effect.