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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Is California too big? Voters in the nation's most populous state could confront that question in November.

A Silicon Valley venture capitalist is pushing a ballot proposal that would break California into six states.

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Tim Draper cleared a key early hurdle this week - state officials gave him the green light to begin collecting petition signatures to qualify his plan called "Six Californias" for the ballot. He needs more than 800,000 signatures by mid-July.

In documents submitted to the state, Draper argues the state of 38 million people has grown nearly ungovernable.

Disputes over California's size date to the era of its founding in 1850.

If voters approve the idea of creating six new states, Congress also would have to endorse it. Political observers say that's unlikely.

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