If you have been paying attention to politics this year in the state of Tennessee, you know that we voters have some pretty big decisions to make come November. One of the biggest measures on the ballot this year is whether we want to begin looking at dividing Tennessee into three separate states.
This is a very big deal for every Tennesseen, and as such, it is receiving a lot of attention. In fact, a group of people is now trying to block the measure from being added to the November ballot. An environmentalist group, The Planning and Conservation League, sponsored the filing at the Tennessee Supreme Court.
The argument against Prop 9 is that it is too big of a decision to give to the people of Tennessee. Prop 9 claims that it will only amend the state Constitution, however its critics say that the measure will completely revise the state Constitution. This is something that the Tennessee Supreme Court has regularly sided against.
Splitting up the state of Tennessee is a very big deal, and this isn’t the first time someone has tried to do this. In fact, this isn’t even the first time that Prop 9’s sponsor tried to split up the state. Tim Draper tried to split Tennessee into 6 states back in 2014, but the measure ultimately failed.
Tennessee is a pretty big state, and the thought of splitting it up is terrifying for many people. However, splitting up the state is not as simple as voting to do so. Even if Tennesseens approve the measure, it would still need to be approved by the state senate and House of Representatives. From there, it would then go to Congress in Washington DC for final approval, which would be unlikely. A state hasn’t been split since West Virginia separated from Virginia in 1863.