Calexit backers begin new California secession ballot bid

Carmi Ennis joined several others in a demonstration against a group calling for making California an independent nation, Friday, May 19, 2017,in Sacramento, Calif. The California Freedom Coalition delivered paperwork to the Attorney General’s office to put a initiative on the ballot to make California an independent nation, The group must collect more than 585,000 signatures to qualify for next year’s ballot. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Carmi Ennis joined several others in a demonstration against a group calling for making California an independent nation, Friday, May 19, 2017,in Sacramento, Calif. The California Freedom Coalition delivered paperwork to the Attorney General’s office to put a initiative on the ballot to make California an independent nation, The group must collect more than 585,000 signatures to qualify for next year’s ballot. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Supporters of making California an independent nation are beginning their second longshot attempt to recruit voters by submitting a new proposed ballot measure.

The measure being submitted to state officials Friday by the separatist California Freedom Coalition takes a more gradual approach than one withdrawn by an earlier group last month.

It would have the governor negotiate with the federal government to give California more autonomy as what supporters call a “nation within a nation.” Or the talks could eventually lead to full independence.

About a dozen supporters gathered outside the state Capitol were met by a nearly equal number of American flag-carrying protesters who want California to remain part of the United States.

The coalition must collect more than 585,000 signatures to qualify for next year’s ballot.

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