Dan Walters: Six-state measure would have given regional governments a boost.
The measure’s fate is now very uncertain. Draper has hinted he may go to court to force a full count of the signatures, or possibly start over with a new proposal for 2016.
The breakup of California got all of the attention as the signatures were being gathered and counted, with the consensus among pundits, including this one, that even if voters passed Draper’s measure there was virtually no chance that Congress would agree to the split.
Had it qualified and passed, however, one section of the measure would have gone into effect regardless of what Congress did – empowering counties to pass new charters and join other counties within one of the designated six states to form regional governments.