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Texas Petitions To Secede With Enough Signatures

Eric Parra |
November 12, 2012 | 7:17 p.m. PST

Executive Producer


The Texas State Flag (Creative Commons)
The Texas State Flag (Creative Commons)
The White House receives a fair amount of petitions on a regular basis with only some worth considering and others put to the side.

In order to weave through many of them while still granting a fair chance for approval, a promise was made on the official webpage that staff would officially review and give a response to any petition with enough support within 30 days, in which “enough support” is equivalent to at least 25,000 signatures. 

On Monday, however, not quite a week since the re-election of current President Barack Obama, an official petition was made and sent to the White House’s website asking for the secession of Texas from the union.

(MORE: Petition For Texas To Secede From U.S.)

The petition was first created Friday, Nov. 9th, but currently has over 45,000 signatures and rising. The petition states “The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending,” while arguing that “Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it's citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.”

(MORE: States Petition To Secede From Union)

The only requirements for an online petition to be signed are that users need to be registered with the site using valid e-mail addresses and their zip code. While the majority of signatures have come from Texas, a look at the zip codes proved that there are residents of separate states who are also going along with the petition. 


At least 17 other states have similar petitions to the Texas secession request on the We the People forum including New Jersey, New York, Montana, Colorado, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Oregon and Michigan. The closest behind Texas was Louisiana with 15,617 signatures.

(MORE: Will Texas Secede?)

As of Monday night, a counter petition to prevent the secession has also arisen, but has yet to gain the same attention that the first petition has. With the amount of signatures attained, an official response from the Obama administration is possible, but has yet to happen so far.




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