The mission for the White House’s We the People online petition program is simple:“Giving all Americans a way to engage their government on the issues that matter to them.”

Even if those issues include secession.

On late Tuesday, a petition that formed only three days ago had gathered more than 25,000 signatures supporting the idea that Tennessee peacefully “withdraw from the United States of America and create its own, NEW government.”

The 25,000-signature threshold is enough to merit an official response from the Obama administration.


What a response would entail is not clear.

The petition is one of many in support of a state withdrawing from the union that has been filed on the site in the wake of last week’s presidential election. Residents of more than 30 states have filed similar petitions, earning national attention.

Anyone older than 13 can create a petition.

According to a Tennesseanreport, the proposal isn’t gaining much traction with Gov. Bill Haslam.

“I don’t think that’s a valid option for Tennessee,” Haslam said. “I don’t think we’ll be seceding.”

On Monday, a counter petition was created, asking President Barack Obama to “strip the citizenship from everyone who signed a petition to secede and exile them.”

Late Tuesday, the petition had 6,900 signatures.