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Nov 11, 2012 10:01 PM by Erin Steuber

Is it possible for Louisiana to secede?

A new petition circulating on-line is grabbing a lot of attention, good and bad. You may have seen it, and it's no joke, a petition to allow Louisiana to be peacefully removed from the Union. But is it even possible?

More than 10,000 people have already signed the petition asking the White House to allow Louisiana to peacefully withdraw from the United States and create their own government.

"The election didn't turn out the way a lot of people would have liked it to have turned out," said KATC Political Analyst Pearson Cross. "Had Mitt Romney been elected, we wouldn't have necessarily seen these petitions. You take these things with a grain of salt, the state of Louisiana is not asking to secede from the Union."

But how are they doing this? Easy, the Obama administration created a website called "We the People", allowing any American to create a petition voicing their opinion about issues that matter most to them. It only takes a few minutes to set up an account, and if 25,000 signatures are collected within 30 days from starting a petition, the White House must respond.

"Concerns about overreaching by the federal government are something that are as southern as corn bread," said Cross. "So in the context of the south, it's completely understandable, but in the context of constitutional action, it doesn't mean much."

A man from Slidell created Louisiana's petition just a day after the election. But Louisiana isn't the only state,18 others have also started similar petitions to the White House, all started by residents of the state. But even if the petitions get 25,000 signatures, is it possible for a state to secede?

"No state can secede right now. The only way that it'd be possible would be if it passed by a constitutional amendment, which then would take two thirds of both houses of Congress, and three fourths of all the states," said Cross.

The deadline for Louisiana's petition is December 7th.



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