About 700,000 people, from all 50 states, have signed petitions on a White House web site seeking permission from the Obama administration for their states to secede from the country and create new governments.

The total number on two Pennsylvania petitions rose by Wednesday afternoon to 17,884, while another 12,330 signed a single New Jersey petition and 6,591 others signed one for Delaware.

Petitions in at least seven states have collected in excess of 25,000 signatures, requiring the Obama Administration to formally respond by reviewing the requests.

By 2 p.m. Wednesday, Texas had more than 99,000 signatures, the most of any state.

Two other petitions - with a total of about 25,000 signatures - called for the deportation and exile of those seeking to withdraw. One said, "Keep the United States United" and had about 1,700 signatures.

Another said, "Peacefully allow the states that have asked to secede to do so and form their own NEW nation together," and had more than 5,700 signatures.

The petitions are located on the White House's "We the People" site (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov).

Contact Edward Colimore at 856-779-3833 or ecolimore@phillynews.com.