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Tennessee Among States With Petitions Asking To Secede

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Residents in more than two dozen states, including Tennessee, have started petitions to secede from the United States after last week's election.

The White House said it has been flooded with petitions from citizens asking that their states secede from the union.

As of Wednesday morning, more than 25,000 have signed the online petition for Tennessee on the "We The People" section of the official White House web site. The petition should receive an official response from the White House since it got the required 25,000 signatures.

Most of the petitions are pretty short and to the point, including the one filed for the Volunteer State, which reads: "Peacefully grant the State of Tennessee to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government."

Some of the petitions are from states President Obama won.

The petitions are mostly a symbolic gesture. A political science professor at the University of Louisville said similar petitions were organized back in 2000, 2004, and 2008.

The state with the most signatures, so far, is Texas with more than 94,000 as of Tuesday night.

But it's nearly impossible to verify who the people are, since the document only requires a first name and last initial.

Constitutional law expert David Raybin said the petition is a good way for people to have their voices heard.

"I think it's good the White House apparently has a petition process where people can say look, we want this or we this to happen," Raybin said.

But Raybin said the number of names on these petitions will do very little to help any state secede from the Union.

"Neither the President, the Supreme Court or the Congress have the power to allow part of the United States secede," said Raybin.

He said no matter how many people want the Tennessee state capitol to become the capitol of its own country, it is nearly impossible.

"The only way that could happen, short of another Civil War, would be to amend the constitution to permit that," according to Raybin.

Residents of Tennessee who want to sign the petition to have the state secede from the Union have until December 10 to sign it.

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