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‘Six Californias’ Initiative Fails to Make Ballot

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The controversial "Six Californias" initiative has failed to make it onto the 2016 ballot, the Secretary of State's Office said Friday.

According to the Secretary of State's Office, venture capitalist Tim Draper's initiative simply did not have enough valid signatures when they completed the standard random sampling of petition signatures.

Split California into 6 States? Issue Could be on the Ballot

A diagram of how some would like to split up California.

The plan was to split California into six smaller states. He says the state is too large to govern efficiently.

"Well if somehow miraculously gets on the ballot, we'll file a lawsuit immediately. We believe it's unconstitutional," OneCalifornia co-founder Steve Maviglio said. His group's aim is to stop Draper's idea from becoming a reality.

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One of the states would have been Silicon Valley, which included wealthy San Francisco and San Jose.

Sacramento was lumped in with Marin County to form a northern California state.  Los Angeles, San Diego and Riverside anchored three other states.

A sixth state was made up of the northern-most area of the state.

Draper and others who backed the "Six Californias" initiative turned in more than 1.1 million signatures this summer. Friday, the California Secretary of State's office said "the total number of signatures ... filed with all county elections officials is less than 100 percent of the number of qualified voters required to find the petition sufficient."

Draper says that's not true.

"Six Californias collected more than enough signatures to place the initiative on the November 2016 ballot and we are confident that a full check of the signatures would confirm that fact. Six Californias will conduct a review of the signatures determined to be invalid by the registrars in several counties to determine if they were in fact valid signatures," Draper said in a statement released Friday.

Maviglio argues that Draper's plan wouldn't even work.

"He spent 5 million dollars on an effort to try and blow up the state without thinking about the consequences. What do you do with our state energy system, our water system, our parks, our pension system, just go right down the line, it couldn't work," Maviglio told FOX40.

A separate plan to group several northern counties, including Siskiyou and Modoc, is in the works to form a 51st state - known as Jefferson.