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White House ‘secede’ petitions reach 675,000 signatures, 50-state participation

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 Alaska, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The White House provides a 30-day window of time for petitions to reach 25,000 signatures.

Web surfers must register their names online with the White House before launching or signing a petition, but it’s not clear if the 675,000 signatures represent the same number of individuals, since the website permits signers to add their names to multiple petitions.

Individual petition signers, however, may only add their names once to any proposal.

The Daily Caller emailed White House deputy press secretary Joshua Earnest for comment, asking if the Obama administration was taking the grassroots effort seriously.

“Does the President see this as a bunch of Gov. Romney’s supporters blowing off steam after the election?” TheDC asked. “As an earnest show of disaffection with the direction of the country? As something else?”

Earnest did not respond.

The most recent petition to attract at least 150 signatures — the threshold required before the White House adds a petition to its searchable database — suggests a way out, even if a state or two were to take the secession talk seriously.

A Darlington, South Carolina man proposed Tuesday that the Obama administration “allow the states that have asked to secede to do so and form their own NEW nation together.”

That effort only has 24,000 more signatures to collect before it could find its way into the West Wing.

Numbers in this article were updated after publication. 

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