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We want out: Arizona secession petition quickly draws backers

WASHINGTON — Arizona has been in the union more than a century, but some residents appear to want out after the last election.

petition to let the state secede went up on the White House website Saturday, and by Tuesday it already had received more than half of the 25,000 signatures needed to trigger an official response.

The petition was one of about 45 such petitions from states, some repeats, posted on the White House site this week. It has until Dec. 10 to reach its goal.

White House spokesman Brandon Lepow confirmed that the administration will respond if the petition gets the required number of signatures, but said he could not comment on the specific petition until then.

The White House would not release the identity of the man who started the petition, identified only as Nicholas M. of Gilbert. The White House website gives no more than a last initial and hometown for people who signed the petition, many of whom were from outside Arizona.

But a laughing Gregg Cawley said there should be no fear of another civil war anytime soon as a result of the secession petitions.

“One of the big differences between now and the mid-1800s … is the tremendous amount of federal funds states receive,” said Cawley, a political science professor at the University of Wyoming who has written about the relationship between Western states and the federal government.

“Do they really want to give up all that money? I think it makes the whole thing more symbolic than practical,” he said.

Cawley said people who make comments such as those in the petitions are more likely trying to “raise public visibility about their complaints” than actually succeed at secession.

That effort to raise visibility – about 45 of the more than 100 petitions on the White House site call for secession by various states – drew a quick response from other unhappy citizens on the other end of the political spectrum.

One petition asks the Obama administration “to deport everyone that signed a petition to withdraw their state from the United States of America.”

Cawley said the warring petitions should not be seen as an omen of more warring to come.

“A state cannot simply say they don’t want to be a part of the union anymore,” Cawley said.

“I wouldn’t say that these people starting these petitions are grumpy enough to actually pick up guns and start a war,” he said. “Just at a practical level, it is not going to happen.”

Language of the secession petition:

“We petition the Obama Administration to peacefully grant the State of Arizona to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government.”


  1. Ill pick up my guns and back this petition.

  2. Even if this doesn’t go through. I want people in this country to know where I stand. I don’t want Obama as my president. And I certainly am not afraid to let people know where I stand on these kinds of issues.

  3. ill vote for it i don’t want obama making the laws.

  4. my question is this to those who want az to b a free agent what will happen to our taxes as they r already rediculous, how about our social security and medicare as u now our illustrious gov dont want acchsess what will the gov b a democracy or will it b a dictatorship which i kind of go with as our gov wants just that i guess maybe a little better on the illegal but i may suggest we look at all the options

  5. Secession Petition Update 11/19/12 0:56 A EST
    NEW: Includes states that benefit financially
    NEW: Includes states with strong popular support

    With less than 2,200 signatures to go, Arizona is on track to complete to reach the 25 requirement next to SC.

    Alaska 7710 http://1.usa.gov/SKxPPG
    Alabama 29782 http://1.usa.gov/RB4tEV
    Arkansas 22572 http://1.usa.gov/W6bNrC
    Arizona 22809 http://1.usa.gov/TYqfV5
    California 14548 http://1.usa.gov/RB561d
    Colorado 21685 http://1.usa.gov/THuKAY
    Connecticut 3555 http://1.usa.gov/PVC26a
    D.C. 8 http://1.usa.gov/X8BaiI
    Delaware 7509 http://1.usa.gov/QEUwcg
    Florida 34114 http://1.usa.gov/Sl6YcC
    Georgia 31521 http://1.usa.gov/T2ioWK
    Hawaii 3923 http://1.usa.gov/W6cvFu
    Iowa 4876 http://1.usa.gov/UnV55R
    Idaho 6114 http://1.usa.gov/ZEDoUt
    Illinois 5117 http://1.usa.gov/UnBHpq
    Indiana 21011 http://1.usa.gov/RW2gU9
    Kansas 8419 http://1.usa.gov/PSzGoF
    Kentucky 18574 http://1.usa.gov/XCJBSt
    Louisiana 36457 http://1.usa.gov/W6cSQv
    Massachusetts 3955 http://1.usa.gov/Qe3ayA
    Maryland 3810 http://1.usa.gov/W8Fit9
    Maine 4061 http://1.usa.gov/UFOST4
    Michigan 19199 http://1.usa.gov/SZPZ2w
    Minnesota 5419 http://1.usa.gov/T2xOKJ
    Missouri 19714 http://1.usa.gov/RB6zEO
    Mississippi 18178 http://1.usa.gov/X53RNB
    Montana 13225 http://1.usa.gov/UncZpg
    North Carolina 29846 http://on.fb.me/THxzlQ
    North Dakota 11340 http://1.usa.gov/ZoYLKo
    Nebraska 7070 http://1.usa.gov/SZQJVu
    New Hampshire 5395 http://1.usa.gov/T2jLEJ
    New Jersey 13987 http://1.usa.gov/STP81j
    New Mexico 4920 http://1.usa.gov/TYsjMV
    Nevada 10259 http://1.usa.gov/TDpdtf
    New York 14818 http://1.usa.gov/W2HEhJ
    Ohio 11546 http://1.usa.gov/QbE4QW
    Oklahoma 9320 http://1.usa.gov/T2kV32
    Oregon 14528 http://1.usa.gov/SlePH3
    Pennsylvania 13366 http://1.usa.gov/W6fwp9
    Rhode Island 4588 http://1.usa.gov/SlftV0
    South Carolina 23737 http://1.usa.gov/TDqLDp
    South Dakota 6394 http://1.usa.gov/W6g4eM
    Tennessee 30538 http://1.usa.gov/TCx7oY
    Texas 114853 http://1.usa.gov/RSn6pf
    Utah 8084 http://1.usa.gov/TCxSOX
    Virginia 8534 http://1.usa.gov/XDqDuX
    Vermont 2183 http://1.usa.gov/T4FPi8
    Washington 4209 http://1.usa.gov/W8FQzb
    Wisconsin 6913 http://1.usa.gov/QbGEqa
    West Virginia 7648 http://1.usa.gov/XCTks4
    Wyoming 8921 http://1.usa.gov/PSEfiG

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