While California has been working on secession for some time, the election of President Trump has exponentially accelerated efforts among frustrated residents. They cite numerous reasons for seeking secession, but the biggest claim is an overall ideological disconnect from the rest of the country; irreconcilable differences, if you will.
A pro-secession organization only recently received approval to begin collecting signatures from residents to put “Calexit” on the ballot for a 2019 special election.
‘Calexit’ supporters can start work to make ballot https://t.co/4WX4cn5wIt
— Yes California (@YesCalifornia) January 27, 2017
This idea may seem a little far-fetched but California is a referendum state and getting a measure on the ballot takes only a little shy of 586k signatures.
Via Zero Hedge: “According to a poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos this month, nearly one in three supports secession — a sharp uptick from a similar survey conducted in 2014. With secession becoming a viable alternative, it’s possible that support may continue to grow. . . They need 585,407 people to sign their petition by July 25. If they succeed, the referendum will make it onto the 2018 ballot. If it passes, the state will hold a special election the following year.”
The ballot proposal was submitted to California’s state government in November, but it was only on Thursday that California Secretary of State Alex Padilla gave them the green light to begin collecting signatures.
— beea (@LeasLame) November 9, 2016
While there are many differing opinions on why Californians want to secede, the prevailing theory is that this measure struck at just the right time when those on the left-leaning coast were highly disgruntled with the election of Donald Trump. It seems Californians are willing to cut off their own nose – cutting ties to the U.S. – to spite their face.
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