Two Californias, not six

07/18/2014 9:07 AM

07/17/2014 8:59 AM

Re "Tim Draper submits signatures in bid to split California into six states" (Capitol & California, July 15): Splitting California should happen, but six ways is not practical. A split into East and West California makes sense.

For example, the 2000 presidential election, if candidates were awarded electors based on the districts won, Al Gore would have had 27 electoral votes and George W. Bush would have had 21. The two senator electors go to the winner. Those votes for Bush came primarily from the Central Valley, north and southeastern California. Florida wouldn't have been a factor, and 40 percent of California voters would of had a say.

The liberal majority in California is on the West Coast from top to bottom. Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi represent only half the people of the most populous state. This has to end.

-- Paul Reid, Folsom

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