Tech investor’s plan to split California into six states closer to getting on ballot for vote


The Golden State could soon be Golden States if a high-powered venture capitalist has his way.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper’s proposal to split California into six distinct states is gaining some traction.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen gave the go-ahead for Draper to begin collecting signatures for a petition that would put the measure on the ballot when Californians vote in November 2016.

“We’re simply too big and bloated,” Draper, 55, said at a press conference in December, when he announced his plan, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Bowen’s green-light, given Tuesday, means Draper has until July 18 to collect “signatures of 807,615 registered voters (8% of the total votes cast for governor in the 2010 gubernatorial election) in order to qualify it for the ballot.”

Draper, a tech investor known for good bets in backing Skype and Hotmail en route to billionaire status, seems confident in his proposal, promising a grassroots effort to get the necessary signatures in the diverse state of more than 38 million people.

“It is more and more difficult for Sacramento to keep up with the social issues from the various regions of California,” Draper told ABC News. “With six Californias, people will be closer to their state governments, and states can get a refresh.”

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