Is Secession From The US Likely For States Petitioning?

12:06 AM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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Residents from 31 states signed petitions requesting to peacefully be granted the ability to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government.

States include:


  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • Idaho
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • Utah
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Alaska (kind of, they asked for their own election to decide if they should secede)
  • Oklahoma
  • Wyoming
  • California
  • New York
  • Delaware
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee
  • Colorado
  • New Jersey
  • Montana
  • Indiana
  • Mississippi
  • Kentucky
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • Alabama
  • Louisiana

Someone in each of those states started a petition on asking to peacefully withdraw from the united states, meaning they want permission to govern themselves.

The petitions cite frustration with the economy, and too much federal government control as reasons for secession. 

If a petition gets 25,000 signatures within 30 days, a White House executive must review and respond to it. Louisiana, Florida, and Georgia already have more than 25,000 signatures.

We asked attorney Locke Clifford with Clifford, Clendenin, and O'Hale to join Frank Mickens on WFMY News 2 at 11:00 to ask if secession even possible. We asked him what those states would be responsible for if secession were to happen,  what will likely happen after the signatures are reviewed, and if he thinks there's any chance the states will secede. Click play in the video window to watch his responses.

WFMY News 2

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