Less than a week after the country voted Barack Obama its returning president, the White House has been inundated with a string of petitions for state secession.
The petitions, located on petitions.whitehouse.gov, typically follow the same phrasing, "We petition the Obama administration to peacefully grant the State of [Blank] to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government."
They also all cropped up shortly after the election.
Texas leads the charge with 71,856 signatures as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, well over the 25,000-vote bar which currently designates an official response from the Obama administration. Behind Texas is Louisiana with 28,552 and Florida with 21,406.
Nineteen states -- including Oklahoma -- have more than 10,000 signatures on separate petitions.
Many states have multiple petitions, splitting the number of signatures between two in most cases.
As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oklahoma had 11,173 on one petition and 3,861 on a second petition.
Protected by the First Amendment, the site allows for a quick and easy petition process. For questions like these, however, the system may not best represent the state citizens' true views.
A quick login and click enables a user to sign a petition without providing in what state they reside. The user is only allowed to sign once.
A response has yet to be made but would also be found on the site.
Nearly a dozen other petitions have reached the 25,000-signature plateau, including a petition outlawing the offense of major religious prophets and one demanding the administration "Recount the Election!"
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