Californian’s Propose “Calexit,” Secession From USA
LA Times reports that California Secretary of State Alex Padilla gave the go ahead to the group to begin collecting their signatures to get Calexit on the ballot.
If they vote to secede, it would be the first time since the Civil War era that a state has tried secession. Texas has threatened it before, but has been all talk.
Chances seem slim that any state would ever actually try to leave the union, and the chances remain slim for California specifically. Over 31% of California voters voted for President Trump, and a significant number of Clinton voters are bound to see that the Calexit idea is a bad one.
If the Yes California Independence Campaign is able to collect 600,000 signatures, then it will make it on the ballot. The initial vote would approve removing the part of the State’s Constitution that says that California is an inseparable part of the United States, and that the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land. A follow-up vote in 2019 would vote to make California it’s own country.