According to a press release this week, the CAL 3 initiative surpassed the number of signatures needed to present the measure to voters in this year's election. If state officials determine the documents are genuine, it would then qualify as an initiative to be added this November.
Tim Draper, a venture capitalist whose idea would see the state's population roughly split into thirds to create a trio of new states, celebrated the feat that he says will allow Californians to weigh in directly at the ballot box.
"This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create three state governments that emphasize representation, responsiveness, reliability and regional identity," Draper said.
The CAL 3 chairman went on to call the receipt of more than 600,000 signatures an "unprecedented milestone" in the advancement of the plan.
As explained on its website, the initiative would separate the state according to a number of socioeconomic factors in an attempt to level out disparities that currently exist.