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California Supreme Court nixes vote to split state into 3

Posted: 4:33 PM, Jul 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-18 20:55:07Z
California Supreme Court nixes vote to split state into 3

A ballot initiative that was slated to appear on the November ballot in California to split the state into three has been blocked by the California Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The plan to split California into three separate states had the backing of nearly 500,000 petitioners. 

But according to the Sacramento Bee , the state's Supreme Court had concerns over the initiative's legality. 

"Significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity, and because we conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election," the Supreme Court ruled, according to the Bee.

There has not been a state that has split itself since the Civil War when pro-union counties of Virginia split from pro-confederate counties of the state to form West Virginia.