DENVER - One week after the Presidential election, 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 all cropped up shortly after the election.
The petitions are for dozens of states including Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, California, Ohio, Delaware and many more.
The petition for Texas has the most signatures with more than 66,000.
Colorado's petition had 13,633 signatures as of 8 a.m. on Tuesday. It needs 25,000 by December 10 which currently designates an official response from the Obama administration.
Lynette A in Golden is listed as the creator of the Colorado petition. It's been signed by people who claim to be from Holyoke, Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Las Animas, Estes Park, Aurora, Longmont, Gunnison and several other cities around the state and several people from out of state.
There are also petitions against the people signing the secession petitions. One said, "deport everyone that signed a petition to withdrawn their state from the United States of America."
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.
See the current petitions.