Online White House Petitions Now Require 100K Signatures to Receive Response

It looks like the White House is tightening down regulations yet again on its online petitions. Now, online petitions need to be able to gather over 100,000 signatures in 30 days' time in order for it to grab President Obama's attention. Previously, the minimum had been set to 25,000 and then 5,000 before that.

No doubt the sheer number of user load has made this decision necessary. According to Mashable, the site's been under heavy load with over 2.3 million new users, 73,000 petitions created, and 4.9 million signatures just in the last two months.

"We're making another adjustment to ensure we're able to continue to give the most popular ideas the time they deserve," said Macon Phillips, the White House's director of digital strategy.

Indeed. By increasing the required signature amount to over 100,000, petitioners have to really get serious in order to have their demands be read by the POTUS. No doubt joke petitions like the one requesting the construction of the Death Star helped contribute to this new move.


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  • ubercake
    It's his second term. He doesn't have to act like he cares any longer.
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  • mrmaia
    The can raise the bar all they want, there will always be enough clowns to draw attention with ridiculous petitions, such as the Death Star one.
  • ubercake
    It's his second term. He doesn't have to act like he cares any longer.
  • fnh
    Are there any current petitions with over 100,000 signatures?

    (Never mind. Apparently the single one meeting that criteria has over 300,000 signatures. And undoubtedly contentious.)