"The citizens of the whole state would be better served by three smaller state governments while preserving the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities and towns". But on Tuesday, Draper's new effort-called Cal 3-qualified for the November ballot.
Vikram Amar, a law professor who has written extensively about Draper's plans, pointed out last fall that the shift in California's votes in the Electoral College - which have been awarded for a quarter-century to Democratic nominees - would be split between three states.
"The California state government isn't too big to fail, because it is already failing its citizens in so many crucial ways", Citizens for Cal 3 campaign spokeswoman Peggy Grande said in a statement, according to CNN. As he did when he pushed a failed initiative to break the state into six states, Draper saysCalifornia as it now exists is simply too large to be governed effectively. A new Southern California would encompass much of the Central Valley, Orange County and San Diego with 14 million people.
It was that issue - economic sustainability - that helped fell two of Draper's previous efforts in 2012 and 2014, to create sixCalifornia states. "We need to empower our population to improve their government".
Northern California: This would include 40 counties including the San Francisco Bay Area and the remaining counties north of Sacramento, the current state capital.
Should this latest proposal become a reality, it would be the first division of a state since West Virginia split off from Virginia in 1863.