Advocates who want California to secede from the rest of the United States were given the green light Monday to begin collecting signatures for their initiative.
California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the ballot proposal had been cleared.
The latest measure would ask voters in 2020 to decide whether to open up a secession discussion. If passed, a second election would be held a year later asking voters to affirm the decision and become an independent country.
Advocates have until mid-October to gather 365,880 signatures of registered voters to get it on the ballot.
Marcus Ruiz Evans and Louis J. Marinelli, co-founders of the group Yes California, said the second vote would show that Californians are serious about secession and would strengthen the case for foreign governments to recognize the state’s independence.
“We realize it may seem like a long time to wait,” Marinelli told The Times of San Diego. “But we need time to have a serious dialogue with the people of California about why they should support the independence referendum by voting yes. The voters need to make an informed decision when they go to the polls to determine California’s political future.”
Evans told CNBC that while his group is progressive, they do embrace some conservative ideals.
“Calexit is left — we are progressive, and that’s why we don’t like Trump,” Evans said. “But there are some very hardcore Republican concepts to Calexit, including the group saying don’t waste our tax money.” full story
Commentary: So the state that has record debt – the highest of any state – is going to forgo federal money from the United States and double down on their indebted, poverty-stricken welfare state? Will they also expect military protection from the United States? Businesses will leave in mass because they won’t be able to afford the taxes that California wants to impose. And businesses won’t be able to compete with businesses in the bordering United States. California businesses would have to charge a lot more for their products in order to survive. And since they have the highest poverty rate and the highest state-income tax, the people would be less likely to afford to buy more expensive products. California would become another Cuba. Liberalism can’t work without conservatives to fund it.