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A move financed and pushed by a persistent California billionaire has finally made it onto the November ballot.
This is the third attempt by venture capitalist Tim Draper to get his idea of dividing California into several smaller states onto the ballot for a vote of the people. His earlier petition attempts, which would have called for a vote to divide the state into six smaller states, failed to meet signature requirements.
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The version which will be voted on in November calls for California to be divided into three smaller states, which Mr Hopper has labeled, Northern California, California, and Southern California. Even if the petition gets a majority of the popular vote, this does to meant that California will be divided into three separate states.
The question of statehood is a federal matter. The United States Constitution provides that existing states in the Union cannot be subdivided without the consent of the state legislatures and the United States Congress.
Here is the pertinent verbiage:
New states may be admitted by the Congress into this union; but no new state shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state, nor any state...
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