By Michael King, WXIA
ATLANTA - In the wake of the reelection of President Obama last week, the White House website has been flooded by a number of petition requests for the peaceful secession of at least 21 states - including Florida and Georgia -- from the union.
The petitions use the White House's "We The People" portal website, which allows individuals to craft petitions and collect signatures to obtain a formal response from the government within what the site calls "a timely fashion."
"If a petition meets the signature threshold, it will be reviewed by the Administration and we will issue a response," says the instructions on the website.
Secession petitions have been filed from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
Some of the petitions - notably the one from Texas - points to issues with the federal government, and how spending issues have not been brought under control. It compares that with the situation in Texas, where, it says, the state "maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world."
Petitions that are submitted to the site need at least 25,000 signatures within 30 days to become eligible for receiving a formal response from officials with the Obama Administration. As of Monday afternoon, the petition for the state of Texas has gained more than 25,300 signatures. That total was reached in less than three days.
The petition for the state of Georgia's secession has received about 4,800 signatures in two days.