WASHINGTON, D.C. (KTHV) - Four days following the presidential election, a group of Arkansans filed a petition to secede from the United States of America.
According to the White House's website, more than 3,000 Arkansans have signed an online petition that states the following:
"We petition the Obama Administration to peacefully grant the State of Arkansas to withdraw from the United States and create its own NEW government.
As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776:
'When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.'
'...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government...'"
Arkansas is one of 19 states that has filed a similar request since last week's election.
Texas was the first state to petition for secession after the election. It was followed by Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Indiana, Montana, North Dakota, New Jersey, Oregon, Colorado, New York, South Carolina, Michigan, Tennessee, and Missouri. There is also a petition filed to recount the election, which has more than 16,000 signatures.
According to the "How Online Petitions Work" tutorial on the White House's website, if the petition meets the signature threshold in the given amount of time, it will be submitted to the appropriate policy officials in the administration. Those officials will then issue a response on WhiteHouse.gov and an email with that response will be sent to everyone who signed it. Arkansas' petition must reach 25,000 signatures by Dec. 10, 2012 in order for it to proceed.
View Arkansas' online petition to secede from the United States