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Congressmen Respond to Oklahoma Secession Petition, 'Political Stunt'

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Two petitions are listed on the White House website, requesting to allow Oklahoma to peacefully secede from the United States to form its own government.

The first Oklahoma secession petition went up on Nov. 10 and was created by a man from Owasso. The second was signed on Nov. 11 by David T. of Grove.

The first petition has 17,048 signatures, just 7,952 signatures shy of the 25,000 goal. 

The second petition currently has 8,844 signatures and needs 16,156 more to reach the goal.

Tulsa's Channel 8 reached out to Oklahoma's senators and congressmen, however, most have not responded to inquiry as of today, Nov. 15.

Congressman Frank Lucas of District 3 has responded to KTUL's inquiry.

"I respect every citizen's right to petition the federal government," said Congressman Frank Lucas.

Congressman Tom Cole's representative stated that the Cole does not normally comment on state issues. 

District 2's Congressman Dan Boren, whose district will now be represented by Markwayne Mullin, does not believe that Oklahoma should secede from the United States.

""I don't support us seceding from the union," said Boren, "To me, it seems like a political stunt."

Oklahoma is not alone in creating petitions to secede from the United States. A man in Arlington created a similar petition on Nov. 9. 

The Texas secession petition has reached 110,319 online signatures, 85,319 signatures over the listed goal.

Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, California, New Jersey and Montana all have similar petitions.

A petition for the state of Oregon is requesting a variation to the above, to "allow Oregon to vote on and leave the Union peacefully and remain an ally to the Nation."

According to the website, "We The People: Your Voice in Our Government" is "...a platform on the White House website where individuals can create and sign petitions that call for action by the federal government on a range of issues facing our nation. " 

Should the petitions created reach the signature goal, "it will be reviewed by White House staff and receive an official response," according to the website.

The two petitions have until the 10th and 11th of December to reach the goal number of signatures.

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