ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A petition on the White House’s website asks the Obama administration to “peacefully” allow Missouri to secede from the union.

“We petition the Obama administration to Peacefully grant the State of Missouri to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government,” the petition reads.

The online petition started Saturday is almost halfway to its goal of 25,000 votes as of Tuesday morning. Any petition on which garners 25,000 votes receives a formal response on behalf of the Obama administration. Many of the signees, filing anonymously, claim to be from outside Missouri.

The request, filed under “Civil Rights and Liberties” and allegedly started by “Andrew J” of St. Louis, quotes the Declaration of Independence in its bid for secession.

“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.”

As of Tuesday morning, over thirty states have filed similar petitions on the White House’s “We The People” page, founded last year as a way for citizens to petition the Obama administration. The petitions were filed shortly after last week’s election.

Other petitions have been filed in response to the secession pleas, such as one to “Strip the citizenship from Everyone who Signed a Petition to Secede and Exile Them” and another to “Deport Everyone That Signed A Petition To Withdraw Their State From The United States of America.”

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