According to the Los Angeles Times, Yes California, a group of supporters for California’s secession plan, have submitted a proposed ballot measure to the State Attorney General’s office.
Marcus Ruiz Evans, the vice president and co-founder of Yes California, planned to to wait for a later election, but the presidential election of Donald Trump sped up the timeline.
Evans, whose Yes California group has been around for over two years, says the premise of the California secession, or Calexit, 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.”
Evans said,“We’re doing it now because of all of the overwhelming attention.”
Evans wants to begin collecting the required signatures for the ballot in the spring and says he already has over 13,000 volunteers to collect them. He is hoping for a 2018 vote.
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