Not since 1863 and the creation of West Virginia has a U.S. state divided, but a new plan to cut California into three states has qualified for the November 6 ballot reports the Union-Tribune.
If voters are in agreement California would then enter into a process to cut itself into three states; one around Los Angeles, the others to the north, and south.
The process would make history and require a lot of input from the judicial, state and federal governments.
“Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes,” Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who sponsored the ballot measure, said in an email to The Times last summer when he formally submitted the proposal. “States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens.”