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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–An onslaught of petitions filed on the U.S. White House official website could be an indication that tens of thousands of people aren’t happy with the results of this year’s presidential election.

It’s a movement by the residents of at least 37 states, now including Virginia, where people have petitioned the government to secede from the United States of America.

More states keep adding petitions to the website as momentum gathers and there are duplicate state entries. Texas has the most votes so far, with almost 90,000 late Tuesday night. 

When a petition reaches 25,000 the White House addresses the petition. A scenario in which the president signs off on allowing states to secede from the Union seems highly unlikely.

But, thousands of people have signed the online petitions on White House website. You can see it for yourself by clicking here.

The petitioners cite the Declaration of Independence, writing in part, “…it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with one another.”

Going on to say, “…a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

And concluding, “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…”

Residents of Virginia created and signed the petition on November 11, 2012. No official leaders have signed off on it, and all of the online petitions are open for out-of-state residents to vote in favor of the initiative. 

The petition itself.  has until Dec. 11 to collect 25,000 signatures for it to get the attention and action of the president.

As of Tuesday night, over 4,000 people had signed the petition for Virginia to secede.

Other states where residents are asking to be allowed to secede include Alabama, Mississippi, California, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Illinois, Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah,  North Dakota, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Colorado,Kansas, Illinois, Colorado, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Montana, and Oregon.

A petition was also created to “Deport Everyone That Signed A Petition To Withdraw Their State From The United States Of America.” So far that one has more signatures than most of the ones for the individual states.