California's secretary of state's office said Tuesday that a ballot measure to split the Golden State into three — California, Northern California, and Southern California — had gotten more than enough valid signatures to make it onto the November ballot. The initiative was spearheaded by Silicon Valley venture capitalist and cryptocurrency enthusiast Tim Draper, whose previous efforts to split California into six states failed. If successful, the plan would potentially create the first division of a state since West Virginia was hewn off of Virginia in 1863. Even if Draper's plan passes — a poll in April pegged it at 17 percent support, 72 percent opposition — California's legislature would almost certainly have to approve it, as would Congress. Both are seen as unlikely.
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