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Should/Could Nevada Secede?

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You could call it an aftershock of the election. Some who are unhappy with the outcome are taking action, speaking out on a website that goes directly to the White House. And it's not just Nevada, but all 50 states circulating petitions on the Internet aimed at seceding from the union.

It's not a shock to the experts considering that the election was so close. But does it carry any clout? The experts say....no.

"Here in Nevada the American Independent Party is behind it," says Truckee Meadows Community College Political Science Professor Fred Lokken. "But a lot of the signatures are from across state borders and many are just not real. So frankly, there's is just no substance to this. It's just sour grapes from some of those who participated in the election and weren't happy with the outcome."

The petitions are actually to send a message to the White House. If they garner 25,000 signatures,"We the People," turn them in to the White House which says it will consider the issues. Nevada's count right now is about 15,000.

Most of those who talked to us about it saw through the idea that it could be serious.

"I'm not happy really, but I don't want to see us separate from America," said Jordan Games a student at Truckee Meadows Community College.

"UIt's just crazy, absolute silliness," added Arlette Rogers.

"Are you kidding me?" said Dave Dekay of Reno. "Nevada is a constitutional state and we ought to say that way."

It is in Nevada's constitution that we couldn't secede even if all Nevadans were in favor of it.  So it all turns into a glorified opinion poll.

By the way 'We the People' runs petitions and polls on all kinds of issues. There are 169 running right now on everything from legalizing marijuana to repealing the Affordable Care Act. You can check them all our yourself at http://1.usa.gov/SRVbU6

Written by Erin Breen  

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