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Controversial online secession petitions grow after Obama re-election

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American residents upset over President Barack Obama's re-election have let their fingers do the walking by endorsing secession petitions at the White House's official website.

As of Wednesday evening, every state but Vermont has a secession petition. More than 100,000 have signed the one for Texas, which was a republic before joining the Union in 1845. The Lone Star State left the Union in 1861 and officially rejoined the United States of America in 1870.

The number of supporters of Kansas and Missouri seceding from the Union are much lower than those for Texas. The petitions quote from the Declaration of Independence. To see the petitions, click here.

The notion of any state seceding over Obama's re-election has some area residents shaking their heads.

"It reminds me of Texas and this ain't Texas," said Sean Gallagher, a Missouri voter.

DeeDee Sheldon, another Missouri voter, said the internet allows people greater access and communication with others.

"Sometimes it's positive and sometimes it's destructive," Sheldon said. "People don't have good manners anymore. And I think that's key."

If a petition receives 25,000 signatures in 30 days, the previous Obama administration policy had been to issue a response.

"It's almost like saying you're going to throw the American baby out with the presidential election bath water," Maya Murthy, a Missouri voter, said.

The petitions just show how divided the country is now, some voters said.

Nell French, a Kansas voter, said in the past that elections didn't go her way, "but I didn't move to Europe or Canada and I didn't sign a petition."

Anyone can create and sign the petitions. You don't have to actually live in the state or be a registered voter.

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