CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A petition calling for North Carolina to secede from the United States has more than 27,500 signatures, meaning the White House must now officially review it.
The petition, posted on the White House's "We The People" page November 9, asks the U.S. government to "Peacefully grant the State of North Carolina to withdraw from the United States and create its own new government."
It was created by Randy Dye, of Pittsboro. Not all of the people signing the petition are from North Carolina. Hundreds of signatures are from residents of other states.
According to the White House, any petition on its website that reaches 25,000 signatures within 30 days will be "put in a queue to be reviewed."
The White House will then decide whether to officially issue a response to the petition. If it chooses to respond, it claims "everyone who has signed the petition will get an email from the White House to let you know that we've reviewed and responded to the petition."
Over the past week, petitions for secession from all 50 states have been posted on the White House website. Only six states, in addition to North Carolina, have reached 25,000 signatures. Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas have all crossed the "official review" threshold. The Texas petition, which was the first to reach 25,000, now has more than 101,000 signatures.
Technically, it is unconstitutional for any state to secede from the nation due to the 1869 Supreme Court ruling in "Texas vs. White." Judges determined the Confederacy never actually seceded from the United States during the Civil War because secession requires an agreement between state and federal governments.
North Carolina's own State Constitution also prohibits secession.
Article 1, Section 4 of the North Carolina Constitution reads, "This State shall ever remain a member of the American Union; the people thereof are part of the American nation; there is no right on the part of this State to secede; and all attempts, from whatever source or upon whatever pretext, to dissolve this Union or to sever this Nation, shall be resisted with the whole power of the State."
Even Dye, the man who started the petition, has called it "wishful ideology."
Still, a counter-petition was filed Tuesday on the "We The People" section of the White House website. It calls for the White House to "affirm that the State of North Carolina is and will continue to be one of these United States of America."
As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, that petition had 1,350 signatures.