Plan to divide California into six states fails to qualify for ballot

A long-shot effort to break California into six separate states failed to collect enough signatures to put it on the November 2016 ballot, state officials said on Friday, as the group behind the plan criticized the rejection. The Six Californias campaign submitted more than a million signatures to the Secretary of State’s office on Friday, but only about 750,000 were counted as valid, the state elections agency said on its website. The campaign needed over 800,000 signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

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