‘Calexit’: California Secession Supporters Submit Ballot Measure Proposal to State Officials

Calexit supporters protest in Sacramento the day after the presidential election, Nov. 9, 2016. (Credit: KTXL)

Calexit supporters protest in Sacramento the day after the presidential election, Nov. 9, 2016. (Credit: KTXL)

Supporters of a plan for California to secede from the union took their first formal step Monday morning, submitting a proposed ballot measure to the state attorney general’s office in the hopes of a statewide vote as soon as 2018.

Marcus Ruiz Evans, the vice president and co-founder of Yes California, said his group had been planning to wait for a later election, but the presidential election of Donald Trump sped up the timeline.

“We’re doing it now because of all of the overwhelming attention,” Evans said.

The Yes California group has been around for more than two years, Evans said. It is based around California taxpayers paying more money to the federal government than the state receives in spending, that Californians are culturally different from the rest of the country, and that national media and organizations routinely criticize Californians for being out of step with the rest of the U.S.

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