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Alabama, Georgia among several states vying to secede from union

© Georgia and Alabama are close to their required 25,000 signatures on the petition which appears on the White House's "We the People" portal website. © Georgia and Alabama are close to their required 25,000 signatures on the petition which appears on the White House's "We the People" portal website.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Some might call it a blast from the past - reverting back to the days before the Civil War. However, it is not the 1800's, it's the 21st Century, and more than 20 states have thousands ready to break away from the United States. 

Columbus State University Political Science Professor Nicholas Easton says after a major election it's typical for people to express their opinions.

"It's a good sign that people take their elections seriously people really care and are engaged and care about who won and who didn't win," Easton said. 

Georgia and Alabama are close to their required 25,000 signatures on the petition which appears on the White House's "We the People" portal website. That site allows individuals to craft petitions and collect signatures to get a response from the federal government. We asked several folks in the community what they thought about this recent push to divide the United States. 

"I think it's kind of ridiculous I think it should be a more of unionize and coming together rather than breaking apart."

"I think it's kind of stupid honestly, because they tried that before with the whole Civil Rights primary days, they see how it worked out back then. We've only grown as a nation so think of how it would go right now with how many people would disagree with that kind of logic." 

Not everyone agrees with the idea of a "United Divided". 

"I think it would be good because there are people who want to voice their opinion and they are afraid to because of higher government, higher power."

All eyes are on the state of Texas which has more than surpassed the required 25,000 signatures for the petition. Professor Nick Easton says that it's highly unlikely that any of the states will secede.

"It's a catharsis more than anything it's an opportunity for people to be able to say  I am mad and  I want something done about it." 

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