As the amount of petitions submitted to the White House's "We the People" website doubled during the final two months of 2012, the White House announced that petitions now need 100,000 signatures to generate a response, up from 25,000.
If you want the White House to respond to your petition, be sure to get 100,000 signatures.
It has become quite popular as of late to petition the White House over certain requests, whether it’s to deport CNN host Piers Morgan, ordering the federal government to develop a Death Star or allowing the state of Texas to secede from the Union. Each of them received signatures well over the 25,000 threshold.
Macon Phillips, White House director of digital strategy, published a blog post that explains the petition website became quite popular and exceeded Washington’s “wildest expectations.”
“When we first raised the threshold – from 5,000 to 25,000 – we called it 'a good problem to have’,” wrote Phillips. “Turns out that 'good problem' is only getting better, so we're making another adjustment to ensure we're able to continue to give the most popular ideas the time they deserve."
Between Sept. 28, 2011 and Jan. 14, 2013, the White House received more than 9.1 million signatures from 5.41 million total users. The huge spike in participation transpired between Nov. 2012 and Jan. 2013.
A new petition has started that is requiring the White House to lower the original amount of signatures to generate a response to 5,000. It was launched by Ryan R. of Elkhart, Indiana shortly after the announcement.
“President Obama is upset that all these petitions are getting through with 25,000 signatures, so he raised the amount to 100,000! It used to be 5,000. Apparently Democrats don't use computers so only Conservative issues get passed on to the administration,” the petition stated.
“Obama must fear this. Recent responses have dealt with Obamabeer and the Obama Death Star. However no responses have really addressed important issues facing Americans. It's time to take back our country by having the President do what we want, and not what he feels like doing today or tomorrow. Lower the signature limit back to 5,000 or Obama will prove he fears the people.”
It has received two signatures (at the time of this writing). In order to get a response from White House spokesperson Jay Carney, it needs 100,000 signatures by Feb. 15, 2013.