Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper’s proposal to break the US state of California into six new states has moved one step closer to getting on a ballot for vote in November.
Draper has been on a campaign to collect 807,615 signatures needed to get his plan on the ballot that could split California into six new states called Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California.
According to California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Draper has been given the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures for the petition to carve up the United States’ most populous state.
Now he has until July 18 to collect the signatures of 807,615 registered voters to push his plan ahead that would also require approval by the Congress.
Draper, who is the founder of the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, said in a statement on Thursday, that California is too big to manage and essentially ungovernable.
“It is more and more difficult for Sacramento to keep up with the social issues from the various regions of California. With six Californias, people will be closer to their state governments and states can get a refresh,” Draper said.
Political experts say that Draper’s initiative stands little chance of success.