It’s been 59 years since Hawaii joined the Union to be the 50thstate, and we could be adding two more states by splitting California into thirds.
The Cal 3 proposition authored by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Trim Draper is proposing to divide California into three separate states: Northern California, Southern California, and California, which would stretch from Monterey to Los Angeles.
Draper told USA TODAY that by dividing the state, it would be a way for California to “start fresh” and as a way to “empower residents of the state.”
In 2014, Draper proposed Six Californias, which fell short of getting the necessary signatures to make it to the November ballot.
If enough voters pass the ballot, it would need approved from both the California legislature and President Donald Trump.
If approved, this would be the first time a state has separated from an existing state since West Virginia was created in 1863.