A tech billionaire's proposal to split California into three states qualified for the November ballot on Tuesday, the Secretary of State's Office announced
The ballot initiative would designate three states.
Northern California: 40 counties from Santa Cruz to the Oregon border, including the Bay Area, the Sacramento region and parts of the San Joaquin Valley.
Southern California: Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Tulare counties.
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California: Los Angeles, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
Venture capitalist Tim Draper said California's population, concentrated in urban and coastal areas, leaves other regions with diverse economies underrepresented in a letter when he submitted the initiative to the state last September.
"The citizens of the whole state would be better served by three smaller state governments while preserving the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities, and towns," Draper said in his statement last year.
Draper made a similar attempt to divide California into six states in 2014 and failed to gather enough signatures.