Initiative to Break California Into 6 States Has Enough Signatures to Qualify for Election Ballot: Campaign

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Molly Kelley, 62, of Klamath River, holds up a State of Jefferson flag as she folds it inside the Klamath River Community Hall in California. Anna Morris, spokeswoman for Six Californias, said in an e-mail that the group has collected “a significant amount of signatures and are hoping to get the remaining signatures we need this weekend.” (Credit:Los Angeles Times)

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A venture capitalist Tuesday plans to submit what he says are enough petition signatures to qualify an initiative for the 2016 ballot that would split California into six states.

The Six Californias idea needs 808,000 signatures by Friday to qualify for the ballot in two years.

The idea is the brainchild of Timothy Draper, a venture capitalist from Menlo Park — or as he hopes to some day call it, the state of Silicon Valley.

Draper said he will file the signatures in Sacramento on Tuesday morning, although state officials still need to review the petitions to ensure the initiative can qualify. Even if it does, and voters approve the initiative, it would need congressional approval to take effect — a long-shot scenario that has prompted plenty of eye-rolling.

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