Secession petitions: Residents of Ohio, others sign petitions to withdraw from US

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CINCINNATI - Less than a week after the country voted Barack Obama as 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 more than 64,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning, well over the 25,000-vote bar which currently designates an official response from the Obama administration.

Twenty-two states -- including Ohio -- have also filed petitions. Ohio has 4,855 signatures as of 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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 what state they reside in. The user is only allowed to sign once.

No response has yet been made, which 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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