U.S. Secession Petitions Now Collecting Signatures in 34 States

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Nov. 13 2012 4:56 PM

U.S. Secession Petitions Now Collecting Signatures in 34 States

The sting of President Obama’s re-election has driven some of most disillusioned to the White House’s We the People petition forum with a steep demand: That their state be allowed to secede from the union. And the minimovement is now going national.

Disgruntled voters in 34 states have filed the petitions, mainly in states Obama lost but also in several he won, including Florida and Nevada.

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But it’s the petition from Texas that has garnered the most attention: With 60,000 names attached, it’s well past the 25,000-signature threshold that usually warrants an official response from the Obama administration. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has weighed in, saying he doesn’t support the petition, even though he erroneously suggested in 2009 that Texas can leave the union if it chooses.

Not to be outdone, Obama supporters filed a counter petition with We the People, calling for secession supporters to be exiled from the United States.

Jeffrey Bloomer is a Slate Video assistant editor. Follow him on Twitter.

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