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Supporters of 'Six Californias' say they're ready for November 2016 ballot

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The man behind a current effort to break up California into six different states says he has collected the necessary number of signatures to qualify the initiative for the November 2016 statewide ballot.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper and supporters of the Six California's campaign plan to submit the first batch of signatures Tuesday morning at the Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 10:00 a.m.

The effort's website indicates the exact borders of the six states is still under consideration, asking for suggestions from visitors.

However, a graphic on the website corresponds with earlier details suggesting the following:

The plan to break up the state calls for turning San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties into a state known as West California. It would be the most populous of the six states detailed in the initiative.

The State of Silicon Valley would consist of the Bay Area's Penninsula, South Bay, and East Bay, plus Monterey and San Benito Counties. It would be the wealthiest state in the U.S., based on per-capita income, according to legislative analysts referenced in the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

On the other hand, the state of Central California, which would contains the San Joaquin Valley, Southern and Eastern Sierra, would be the nation's poorest.

North California would stretch from Marin County to Tahoe, and include the current California Capital, Sacramento.

South California would include Orange and San Diego Counties, plus desert counties of San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial.

Finally, the State of Jefferson would encompass the northern third of the current state.