The victory of Donald Trump as the president of the United States was being dreaded by several members of the American electorate. Some of them had even vowed to leave the country if he won. However, instead of this action, they may have another option in the near future as a new campaign has been started for California to secede from the union and form a new country. Trump lost California by around four million votes and many residents are already fed up with his policies.
This movement is named “Calexit” and is being promoted by the Yes California Independence Campaign. Some thought has been given to the concept in the past few years, but it’s now being considered seriously. It has caught the attention of more individuals than ever before.
Currently, the people who are interested in California’s secession now have the ability to start gathering signatures so that the concept can be presented as an initiative officially in the elections in 2018. For the idea to have hopes of materializing, 585,407 signatures must be collected by July 25th from registered voters.
If the signatures were to be collected successfully, it would force a special election in 2019 where citizens of California will be allowed to alter the Constitution of California by changing the words that say “The State of California is an inseparable part of the United States of America, and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land.”
On the same ballot, a second vote would ask Californian residents if the state should become an independent country. If 50% of all registered voters participate, and 55% of them agree on the secession of California from the United States, it will become law.
The physical plan for seceding California and what would happen to the state is still being debated. However, in 2014, billionaire Tim Draper gave a proposal that called for California to be broken into six different countries; South California, West California, Central California, North California, Jefferson and Silicon Valley (which would become the richest per capita state of the nation). Draper’s plan seemed self-serving, meant to help himself and his wealthy friends to obtain tax breaks.
As of now, California gets over 30% of all Federal funding for food stamps while having only 12% of the population of the nation. How the financial differences shall be reconciled have, as of now not been decided. There was also rumbling about Colorado seceding from the union during the presidency of the former President Barack Obama.
California’s citizens can potentially vote to change the constitution proving that the world is full of unlimited possibilities. They can then choose to leave the United States of America. If and when this happens, it is still unclear as to how the federal government would respond if either by sanction or by force. President Trump’s administration has not yet spoken about the initiative.
The Yes California Independent Campaign says they have 8,000 volunteers and 13,000 signatures on an online version of their petition. The total number of supporters is unknown, especially since the campaign is largely based on print-off paper petitions