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Petitions posted for Indiana and Michigan to secede from U.S.

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You may have heard a friend say they were moving to Canada, or Australia, or some other country if their candidate of choice failed to win in this past election.  A few people in some states are going a step further.

Petitions have been set up on the whitehouse.gov "We the People" page asking for certain states, including Indiana and Michigan, to secede from the United States of America.

"We the People" was set up by the Obama administration to allow citizens to directly petition the administration.  Any petition that reaches a set number of digital signatures will passed on to the administration and be given a response.

So far a petition for Indiana to withdraw from the US and form its own government has gained more than 15,000 thousand signatures, and in Michigan, just under 15,000.

Indiana and Michigan still need about 10,000 signatures to reach the goal, but other states are much closer.

Texas has reached the finish line.

What do these petitions have in common? They all started just days after the election.

"It was a very emotional election. There's no secret that the opposition to President Obama was always very emotional and deep," says Political Science professor, Allan Saxe.

But experts say, there's just one problem with asking for secession: The constitution simply doesn't allow it.

They say it's just a way for people to blow off steam, but has no legal weight.

Here's what some of FOX 28's facebook friends had to say about the petitions:

Ryan Anderson says, "This is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The Civil War happened already and it was anything but Civil. Unity is everything."

Dustin Underwood says, "When the government begins abusing their powers, you need to send them a wake up call. If you try to contact a congressman/ woman all you get is run around."

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