Likely in an effort to stifle ridiculous petitions and to save time at the White House, the 25,000 signature requirement for a petition to receive an official response from the White House has quadrupled, as of last Tuesday, according to the White House. From now on, a petition submitted to the White House’s petition page – entitled “We the People” – must have 100,000 signatures before the White House will respond.
The White House’s director of digital strategy, Macon Phillips, informed the masses via a blog post that the continuing growth in popularity of the petition page has necessitated the change. According to Phillips, the original threshold for an official response to a petition was 5,000. Then it increased to the latest threshold of 25,000 signatures. In order to give the most important problems the attention they deserve, the adjustment has been made to now honor petitions that reach the 100,000 signature mark.
Any petition that was written prior to last Tuesday that already had 25,000 signatures will still receive a response at that number of signatures. The new regulation is for petitions submitted to the White House petition’s page after Tuesday.
Of the most popular petitions in the recent past, all 50 states in the United States requested the right to secede since President Barack Obama was elected on Nov. 6, 2012.