SACRAMENTO, CA — A group behind the movement for California to secede from the United States can start begin signatures for its ballot initiative, says the state’s attorney general.
On Tuesday the state attorney general issued an official ballot measure and declared the campaign can now start gathering the more than 585,000 signatures it will need to qualify for the 2018 ballot.
The measure would form a commission to recommend avenues in which California could pursue its independence and delete part of the state constitution that says it is an inseparable part of the U.S. The measure would also instruct the governor and California congressional delegation to negotiate more autonomy for the state.
A prior “Calexit” proposal was withdrawn in April by it’s author, Marcus Ruiz Evans, after a fellow member of Evans’ panel became engulfed in controversy over his alleged ties to Russia.
Evans departed the group, Yes California, and paired up with the California Freedom Coalition, which began drawing up new language to put the question of whether or not to secede to the state’s voters in 2018. Evans says the new initiative contains “very different wording” from the prior proposal and is designed to make the “benefits” of succession much more clear to the voter.
According to a report published by LA Weekly (http://www.laweekly.com/news/california-secession-initiative-to-be-refiled-next-week-8221721) California Freedom Coalition board member Steve Gonzales says the proposal, if approved by voters, would give state and federal lawmakers three options: Reform voting rights and repair gerrymandered districts; keep California as a quasi-independent state within the union, one where Gonzales says “decisions at the federal level have little impact on the lives of Californians”; or grant and implement full-on secession.