RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Petitions from voters in all 50 states who are unhappy with the outcome of the election have now been sent to the official White House website. They’re asking to secede from the United States.
Since President Obama’s re-election last week, tens of thousands of voters–ignoring what happened the last time around states tried for succession -want their states to be allowed to “peacefully secede” from the U.S. to form their own government.
None of the petitions have been filed by elected state officials, and many have voters who aren’t state residents. It’s questionable if residents of each state filed a petition on behalf of their state, or if people are starting the petitions simply for the sake of having a petition from each state.
Regardless, the buzz has many talking, on both sides, including some of the nation’s veterans.
“I just can’t believe that someone would actually do something like that or some state could think that they can actually get along by themselves,” said Tom Lacy, a veteran from Arkansas.
On the flip side, one vet said its just a form of free speech.
“If you think about it that’s why vets have been going to war for this country for 200 years, to make sure that if you have to gripe, you can gripe openly about it,” another veteran said.
As of Thurday morning than 7,000 voters had signed Virginia’s petition, which was started on November 11. You can view it here.
A petition needs 25,000 signatures within one month to receive White House consideration. The Texas petition quickly closed in on 100,000 votes, still not even one percent of their population.
And several GOP governors are said to have disagreed with the intent of the petition, even Texas governor Rick Perry.
A petition was also created to “Deport Everyone That Signed A Petition To Withdraw Their State From The United States Of America.” So far that one has more signatures than most of the ones for the individual states.