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California Supreme Court Blocks Ballot Initiative To Split State

A proposal to split California into three states got enough signatures to be on the statewide ballot in November.
Posted at 6:19 PM, Jul 18, 2018

It looks like Californians won't vote on a proposal to split up the state in November. 

The state's supreme court blocked the Cal 3 initiative from appearing on the ballot. 

The proposal received enough signatures to secure a ballot spot, but the court questioned the proposition's validity. It wrote, "We conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election."

Previous proposals have aimed to split up California or even have the state secede from the U.S. But even if voters approved the three Californias plan in November, it still would have been subject to congressional approval.