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    Looks like the courts said they can't vote on splitting the state.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/07/19/californias-supreme-court-thinks-people-my-state-are-irrelevant-cant-even-vote-on-breakup.html

    The right of Californians to self-government and democracy suffered a serious blowWednesday when the state Supreme Court ordered that a proposition asking voters if they want to break the most populous state in the nation into three states must be removed from the November ballot.

    The state’s highest court ruled that while ballot measures can be used to amend the California constitution, more significant revisions to the constitution require action by the state Legislature.

    Ruling on a lawsuit by an environmental group seeking the block the vote on breaking up the state, the court wrote that “the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election.”

    But in fact, it appears that the proposition was yanked off the ballot because it was too big a threat to the established power structure of state government in Sacramento.

    Consider the irony. The initiative easily qualified for the ballot – with over twice the number of required signatures, from every county in the state – because many voters believe they don’t have a say in how they are governed, and believe their elected representatives don’t represent them. It’s clear they are right.

    The elites in Sacramento were afraid of their failures being exposed and couldn’t face the scathing rebuke they could have received from voters in November. So they flexed their political muscle and went running to the courts to avoid the light being shined on the truth.


    Is there solid legal justification for removing it from the ballot, or are the courts playing games like the article suggests? If the courts can keep this off the ballot, would they refrain from knocking other issues off of a ballot?
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