Plan for California to secede from the United States picking up steam

"Point by point, California compares and competes with countries, not just the 49 other states", explaining that the referendum "is about California taking its place in the world, standing as an equal among nations".

An initiative that would give voters the chance to weigh in on whether California should secede the US has been cleared by the Secretary of State's office for signature gathering.

Supporters of the campaign for California to secede from the United States can now begin collecting the hundreds of thousands of signatures they need to get a proposed "Calexit" initiative on the ballot.

A proposal for California to break away from the United States has been submitted to the Secretary of State's Office in the state capital.

Being a USA state is "no longer serving California's best interests", the movement claims. And if voters say yes, then in 2019 they vote on the question: "Should California become its own country"?

"There's lot of evidence suggesting the 35 states who all voted for Trump have very different values and don't like California". According to recent polls, a majority of California residents like the idea of secession.

The proposed constitutional amendment, titled California Nationhood, would also ask voters to repeal the clause that describes the US Constitution as the "supreme law of the land".

"California loses [by] being a part of America culturally and financially", Marcus Ruiz Evans, one of the group's founders told the LA times. The measure requires the acceptance of a "newly-independent Republic of California" by the United Nations. Assuming that California actually became an independent nation, the state and its local governments would experience major, but unknown, budgetary impacts.

The so-called Calexit movement emerged within days of the upset presidential victory of Republican Donald Trump, who lost California by almost 4.3 million votes.

According to an opinion article he recently wrote for the San Jose Mercury News, Evans said “almost 7,000 volunteers” will collect the signatures, an extremely hard task without professional signature gatherers.

With 38.8million people, California is the most populous state in the U.S. and the third most extensive at 433,970 square kilometers.

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