Some Hoosiers put Indiana among 35 states petitioning to secede from U.S. following election

'We the People' group sparks controversy

INDIANAPOLIS - Following the outcome of the Nov. 6 election, a group of Hoosiers is petitioning to secede from the United States.

Indiana is one of 35 states where residents are forming petitions to withdraw from the U.S. and from their own government.

Unhappy Americans are using the White House's own website, "We, The People," to promote secession.  

The Obama administration set up the site last year to gather opinions from Americans and promised to issue a response to any petition surpassing 25,000 signatures

The petitions cite a clause of the Declaration of Independence that states "whenever the government derives from the powers of the people, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and institute a new government."

 

Petitions have been filed for Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Among the 35 states in the secede petition, 20 of them voted for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

A petition has also been filed by the city of Austin, Texas, to withdraw from the state of Texas and remain a part of the United States.

Another petition to "deport everyone that signed a petition to withdraw their state from the United States of America," was also created.

Indiana's petition was created on the White House website on Nov. 10, first signed by "Bob J." of Alexandria. As of Tuesday evening, the petition had more than 15,400 signatures.

If the petition gets 25,000 signatures by Dec. 10, "it will be put in a queue to be reviewed by the White House," according to the government website.

For more information about the petition, visit www.petitions.whitehouse.gov

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