Ken Lund / CC BY SA 2.0

'Six Californias' Proposal May Make 2016 Ballot

A proposal to divide the state of California into six smaller states has received enough signatures to be put on general election ballot for 2016.

By Katherine Biek | July 15, 2014

The 55 States of America just doesn't have the same ring to it. But that's exactly what one venture capitalist in California is hoping for. 

Tim Draper — whose company has invested in successful companies such as Tesla Motors and Skype — proposed back in December that the state of California be broken up into six states, saying the state's population would be better served with multiple smaller governments. (Via JD Lasica / CC BY NC 2.0)

CNN Money notes at the time, Draper said he was working hard to get his idea put on voter ballots for November 2014. 

The state of California requires "eight percent of the total votes cast for the Governor in the most recent gubernatorial election" to get a constitutional amendment placed on any ballot. But the deadline to get the proposal on the 2014 ballot was already passed, so the whole story fizzled out in the media. (Via State of California)

But now Draper is back, saying his campaign has gotten the necessary 808,000 signatures to place it on the general election ballot for November 2016, tweeting out the signatures will be submitted Tuesday. (Via Twitter / @SixCalifornias

So now that it looks like the citizens of California will be voting on whether or not to break up their gigantic state in two years. Let's see how exactly it would all break down. 

According to Draper's proposal, the state of "Jefferson" would be made up of the topmost part of California; San Diego and eastern Los Angeles would get put into "South California"; while the rest of Los Angeles would be found in the state of "West California"; the state of "North California" would be centered around Sacramento; and most of the region's farming would be found in "Central California." Finally, Silicon Valley would get to keep its name as the sixth and final state. 

USA Today notes each new "state" would also end up writing its own constitution and be served by its own elected officials. 

Not surprisingly, Draper, who gave about $2 million of his own money to fund the campaign, seemed pretty excited when he spoke with the Orange County Interdenominational Alliance in June about his idea. 

"Those six allow us a new start. ... They look at the state as — each individual one of these states — as something that could be the best it could be." (Via YouTube / SixCalifornias)

But there's a lot of people who aren't loving the idea of breaking up the Golden State. 

RT says a Field Poll taken in February found 59 percent of the state's population were against Draper's proposal. 

And a political strategist for the Democratic Party tweeted, "Here it comes: @timdraper #6Californias colossal waste of time, energy $ money that will hurt the CA brand and investment." (Via Twitter / @stevenmaviglio)

It's important to note this certainly isn't the first time there's been a proposal to break up California. In fact, KTXL reports about 220 efforts have been made, but all have failed. 

And people living in Colorado faced a similar situation in 2013, when they were asked to vote whether or not to break part of the state off and form a 51st state called Northern Colorado. But that proposal didn't pass, either. (Via The Washington Times)

The county registrars for California now have eight workdays to determine if Draper has the necessary number of signatures to get his proposal put on the ballot. Of course, if the people of California did decide to vote in favor of it in 2016, the proposal would still require passage by Congress to be made into law.

  TRENDING IN U.S. NEWS
A barbed-wire fence.WATCHLIST
 

Maryland's Senate Extends Voting Rights To All Ex-Convicts

A Chipotle employee prepares a burrito bowl.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Joe Raedle

Lawyer Receives Hundreds Of Texts From Strangers Wanting Free Chipotle

With so many working to fix racial bias in adults, we spoke with a neuroscience researcher who says we may need to focus our attention on kids instead In this file photograph taken on March 20, 2007, a two-week-old boy finds his feet in his new world. Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced, April 3, 2007 that for the first time, mothers-to-be will have a guarantee that the NHS will provide them with a full range of birthing choices - including home births - and a midwife they know and trust to care for them. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Christopher Furlong

Why Fixing Racial Biases Starts With Babies

Activist and Civil Rights Movement leader Diane Nash.WATCHLIST
Film Circuit / "Freedom Riders," Newsy / Connor Hickox

Diane Nash Talks Women And Civil Rights-Era Activism

A Native American at the annual Santa Fe Indian Market.WATCHLIST
Larry Lamsa / CC BY 2.0

Santa Fe Is The Vacay That Combines Culture With Outdoor Trendiness

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies before the Senate.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Gabriella Demczuk

Intel Officials Warn ISIS Will Try To Attack US This Year

The Daily Show correspondent took on critics of Beyoncé's Super Bowl performance's political message.WATCHLIST
Comedy Central / Getty Images

'The Daily Show's' Jessica Williams Is Not Here For Your Beyoncé Shade

The South Lawn of the White House is prepared for a barbeque hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on July 4, 2013, in Washington, DC.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Ron Sachs

The White House Isn't Immune To The US' Internet Troubles

Marco Rubio speaks to supportersWATCHLIST
Newsy / Connor Hickox

Why Does Marco Rubio Want You To Call Him Bae?

Police accuse 22-year-old Jovaughn Walker of carrying out the attacks.WATCHLIST
WTVJ

Attacks Involving A Sword And Metal Pole Lead To Florida Man's Arrest

WTVF reports a Tennessee doctor accidentally performed a frenulectomy on the wrong infant.WATCHLIST
WTVF

Tennessee Doctor Performs Surgery On The Wrong Baby

Candles lit on a birthday cake.WATCHLIST
Will Clayton / CC By 2.0

'Happy Birthday' Song Will Be Public Domain, Judge Rules

A picture of the alligator that was thrown through a drive-thru window at a Florida Wendy's in October, as well as the man accused.WATCHLIST
WPTV

Man Accused Of Throwing Gator Through Wendy's Drive-Thru Is Arrested

Peyton Manning celebrates after winning Super Bowl 50WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Ezra Shaw

Why Does Peyton Manning Keep Mentioning Budweiser?

New York City SkylineWATCHLIST
Getty Images / Spencer Platt

How To Get The Most Bang For Your Buck In NYC

A sign sits in the window of a Chipotle restaurant on Broadway in Lower Manhattan telling customers the restaurant is closed until 3 p.m. on February 8, 2016 in New York City. The Mexican food chain is closing stores for lunch nationwide for a meeting on food safety following a number of E. coli outbreaks.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Andrew Renneisen

Chipotle Closes For All-Employee Meeting, Gives Away Free Burritos

A woman tapping her foot.WATCHLIST
 

Serial Stomper Targeting Women's Feet In Austin, Texas

The Vince Lombardi Trophy in front of Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos helmetsWATCHLIST
Getty Images / Mike Lawrie

Not All Super Bowl Ads Are Funny; Some Had A Serious Message

Quintonio LeGrier's mother attends a vigil for her son.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Scott Olson

Chicago Officer Sues Family Of Teen He Shot, Claims 'Emotional Trauma'

Daryush 'Roosh V' ValizadehWATCHLIST
Bartek Kucharczyk / CC BY SA 4.0

Donald Trump Gets A Not-So-Coveted Nod From Daryush 'Roosh' Valizadeh

Marchers walk down 5th Avenue during the 2014 Gay Pride March on June 29, 2014 in New York City.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Eric Thayer

New York Is The Latest State With A Ban On LGBT Conversion Therapy

Dr. Larycia Hawkins speaking at a press conference.WATCHLIST
Mdiaz1436 / CC BY SA 4.0

Professor Who Stood With Muslims Parts Ways With Christian School

CocktailWATCHLIST
mariobonifacio / CC BY SA 2.0

People Who've Passed The Bar Are More Likely To Drink At The Bar

The mugshot for Leon Teague.WATCHLIST
Chicago Police Department

Cat Gets Doused With Boiling Water In Viral Video, Man Charged

Rescue workers search the waters off of the Los Angeles coast for three missing people.WATCHLIST
KGTV

2 Small Planes Collide Off LA Coast, 3 People Missing

Various types of fentanyl patches are pictured.WATCHLIST
Alcibiades

Fentanyl Abuse, Overdoses On The Rise In New Hampshire

The $18,000 gold bar is pictured next to a paper clip for scale.WATCHLIST
Bavarian Police

Lucky Teenager Gets To Keep $18,000 Bar Of Gold She Found

New York City Fire Department officials at the scene of the crane collapse in lower Manhattan.WATCHLIST
New York City Fire Department

Officials Investigating What Caused A NYC Crane To Collapse, Killing 1

Customers wait outside of a Denny's.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Justin Sullivan

Denny's Settles Los Angeles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Image of Johnny Cash and the tarantula species named after him.WATCHLIST
Joel Baldwin / Chris Hamilton et al.

There's A Tarantula Species Named After Johnny Cash