On Friday, the Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM) announced it obtained the number of petition signatures required for the Texas secession question to be on the Texas Republican Primary ballot.

“TNM has secured more than the required amount petition signatures to get TEXIT on the ballot this March!” TNM wrote.

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“TNM’s mission is to secure and protect the political, cultural and economic independence of the nation of Texas and to restore and protect a constitutional Republic and the inherent rights of the people of Texas,” TNM writes on its website.

According to its website, TNM’s initiatives include:

  • Working for a statewide vote on making Texas a self-governing independent nation
  • Empowering Texans to grow the TEXIT movement and help create our future
  • Organizing pro-independence Texans across the entire state
  • Educating Texans on the fundamentals of self-government and creating a new nation
  • Creating opportunities for pro-independence Texans to connect on our own digital organizing platform
  • Creating better representation at all levels through the TNM PAC

“If you are a media outlet that is not covering the fact that TEXIT will most likely be on the GOP primary ballot this March, you are doing your readers a severe disservice. The second largest state in the union is considering leaving the nation. We have the petition signatures to put it on the ballot this March. It’s happening,” TNM wrote.

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“The Texas Republican Party’s executive committee is set to vote over the weekend on which ballot propositions voters will decide during the Republican primary elections in March 2024. One measure would ask Republican voters, ‘Should the State of Texas reassert its status as an independent nation?,'” Newsweek reports.

Per Newsweek:

Ahead of the vote, the Texas Nationalist Movement, an organization that supports Texas’ independence from the U.S., warned the GOP they have enough signatures to force a vote on the question of whether they support secession.

Texas nationalists have for years pushed for a referendum on Texas secession, despite the fact there is no provision for a state to secede in the U.S. Constitution. The state seceded from Mexico in 1836 and spent nine years as its own nation before becoming a U.S. state. It also seceded from the Union in 1861 before being readmitted following the end of the Civil War in 1870.

“In June of this year, our organization launched a petition campaign under the Texas Election Code 172.088. This section of the Election Code allows voters, by petition, to place a question on a party’s primary ballot. In short, by collecting 97,709 signatures and submitting them by the filing deadline on December 11, 2023, we could actually bypass the SREC’s ballot proposition process and compel the party to place the question on the ballot,” the letter reads.

Newsweek reached out to the Texas Republican Party for comment via email.

If the question makes the primary ballot and passes, it would not be legally binding nor would it mean Texas is actually seceding from the U.S. Still, it would be a key victory for secession advocates, who critics view as a fringe belief that would face significant hurdles in a general election.

According to Zero Hedge, TNM says it has more than 102,000 petition signatures.

Zero Hedge reports:

The drive for statewide votes on secession has spanned several years. While the SREC’s resolutions committee added it to a preliminary list in 2015, the SREC struck it. At the party’s 2016 convention, a plank calling for a statewide referendum of all voters was forwarded for inclusion in the Texas GOP platform, only for it to be struck down by the Permanent Platform Committee.

Later Republican plank attempts were successful. The SREC will be under greater pressure to green-light the primary ballot proposition on Saturday, given presence of two planks in the current Texas GOP platform:

  • Plank 33, addressing “state sovereignty,” asserts that “Texas retains the right to secede from the United States, and the Texas Legislature should be called upon to pass a referendum consistent thereto.”
  • Plank 225, “Texas Independence,” urges the legislature to require a general election referendum “for the people of Texas to determine whether or not the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation.”

“Whether you are for, against, or undecided TEXIT, we should all be able to agree that the platform matters, the Texas Bill of Rights matters, and the Republican voters matter,” said TNM’s Miller in his letter to the SREC.

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