Californian residents might have the chance to vote to separate from the United States.
The state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, launched an official poll on Tuesday letting CalExit supporters to begin the process of obtaining the 585,000 signatures needed so that in 2018 Californians can vote on it.
As Associated Press reported “The initiative [titled ‘California Autonomy From Federal Government’] would form a commission to recommend avenues for California to 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.”
This isn’t the first time that a group which is known as Yes California or CalExit to call on such initiative.
The first initiative wasn’t a success because Louis Marinelli, the group’s founder migrated to Russia and pressured the official spokesman of the group, Marcus Ruiz Evans, to withdraw the initiative. Anyhow, he made a promise to restart it later, which is now happening.
In an interview that Evans made in January, he said that the President Trump’s election empowered the group’s cause.
“If California votes were taken away, Trump won the popular election,” Evans stated. “So what kind of people elect a man like that? The answer: not Californians.”
“So we’re basically here to tell people that ‘I know that California officials are telling you that they’re going to protect you, but in fact in federalism, the federal government, overrules state law,” he continued. “There is going to be a limit to what they can do.”
As Evans stated the Supreme Court has recognized the right of states to separate in Texas v. White (1869), although the justices don’t permit states to separate independently. Other states must agree to this step during the amendment process.
In his opinion, problems like climate change and illegal immigration, are the reason that California wants to separate from the United States.
The group is popular on Twitter and Facebook.
We don’t believe California should be negotiating with the Trump administration on #Calexit. We believe the voters should decide themselves.
— Yes California (@YesCalifornia) July 27, 2017
As California is the 5th largest economy in the world, in Evans thinks that the state will be doing well on its own.
California’s economy with $2.6 trillion dominates the GDP’s compared to other states. The nearest competitor is Texas with a GDP of roughly $1.6 trillion.
California has 39 million population or 12 percent of the United States which makes it most populated state in U.S.
The required 585,000 signatures should be collected for 180 days by CalExit organizers so the measure can appear on the ballot in 2018.
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