What Does It Mean that Residents in All 50 States Have Filed Petitions to Secede?

Washington’s Blog | Nov 15, 2012

A lot of attention is being given to the fact that residents in all 50 states have filed petitions to secedefrom the United States.

Daily Caller reports:

By 6:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, more than 675,000 digital signatures appeared on 69 separate secession petitions covering all 50 states, according to a Daily Caller analysis of requests lodged with the White House’s “We the People” online petition system.

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Petitions from AlabamaFloridaGeorgiaLouisianaNorth CarolinaTennessee andTexas residents have accrued at least 25,000 signatures, the number the Obama administration says it will reward with a staff review of online proposals. (RELATEDWill Texas secede? Petition triggers White House review)

The Texas petition leads all others by a wide margin.

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States whose active petitions have not yet reached the 25,000 signature threshold include AlaskaArkansasArizonaCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareHawaii,IdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyMaineMarylandMassachusetts,MichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth DakotaOhioOklahoma,OregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaUtahVermont,VirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsin and Wyoming.

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Fourteen states are represented by at least two competing petitions. The extra efforts from two states — Missouri and South Carolina — would add enough petitions to warrant reviews by the Obama administration if they were combined into petitions launched earlier.

Other states with multiple efforts include AlaskaCaliforniaGeorgiaIllinoisKansas,New YorkOhioOklahomaPennsylvaniaUtahVirginia and Wisconsin.

As Google notes, web searches for the term “secession” are being run in a number of states:

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