The Sacramento Bee reported that Draper's more ambitious ballot proposal to chop up California into six states died in 2014 when he failed to get enough signatures. According to the secretary of state's site, the measure needed 365,880 signatures and had gathered 419,462 valid signatures by Tuesday.
A measure to split California into three separate states has been added to the November ballot.
Los Angeles County would anchor the six counties that retained the name California under the longshot proposal, a state that would extend northward along the coast to Monterey County.
Northern California: This would include the Bay Area and the 31 remaining counties north of Sacramento. Southern California would consist of 12 counties, including San Diego and Orange counties, the Inland Empire and much of the Central Valley.
Lawmakers would only have 12 months after congressional approval to set the new rules; otherwise the state's debts would automatically split between the three new ones.
Critics of the initiative say having three Californias would actually diminish the power of Democrats.
"The citizens of the whole state would be better served by three smaller state governments while preserving the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities, and towns", Draper wrote to the Attorney General's office when explaining his proposal. "States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens".
If it passes, Draper's initiative would instruct the state legislature to begin a likely lengthy and messy process to create three new states of roughly equal population: Northern California, Southern California, and California.
Getting an initiative on a November 2016 ballot required about 808,000 signatures.
The only solution, he maintains, is smaller governments better equipped to respond to residents' specific needs depending on the region of California where they live. The state report notes that California's water system is "one of the most complex in the world" because water "does not naturally appear in California where demand is highest". The state will be voting on whether to split it up into three in November. The Golden State's population would be divided nearly equally among the three new states.