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Secession petitions filed for New York, Florida, Texas
Forget moving to another country if a candidate doesn't win. Disheartened voters are looking to stay right where they are and form new governments altogether.
Nearly 12,000 people have signed a petition on the White House website backing the notion that the State of New York should withdraw from the U.S. and "create its own new government."
The Empire State is not alone; similar petitions exist for 37 other states.
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The New York petition was created Nov. 10 by someone identified only as "C R," who lists his or her city as Grand Forks, N.D. Don't laugh: Most people who signed the petition are not from New York. At last count, only about 13 percent of the signees were actually from the Empire State.
Westchester, Rockland, Ulster, Orange, Dutchess and Putnam counties were all represented by endorsers of the New York petition, with Stony Point, Carmel, Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls, Saugerties, Yonkers and Yorktown Heights coming up more than once in the signatures.
The first petition requesting state secession -- for Louisiana -- was created the day after President Barack Obama won re-election. During the next few days, similar petitions for 37 other states have cropped up.
There is also a petition for the city of Austin, Texas to secede from the rest of the state and another petition asking for everyone who has signed a secession petition to be deported.
Under the "We the People" section of the White House website, anyone 13 or older can exercise his First Amendment freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances, but the petition won't be publicly visible on the website until it gets 150 signatures.
According to the White House website, petitions that garner 25,000 signatures within 30 days "require a response," but there is no word on what kind of response it will be, only that notification will be emailed to all petition signers. The Texas petition has been signed by more than 80,000 people. Louisiana and Florida have also both surpassed the required 25,000 signatures. New York has until Dec. 10 to get 13,000 more signatures.