White House – Why We’re Raising the Signature Threshold on Petitions to 100,000 for We the People

White House

Why We’re Raising the Signature Threshold to 100,000 for We the People

When we launched We the People, none of us knew how popular it would be, but it’s exceeded our wildest expectations. Through the past year, interest in We the People exploded and we’re closing in on 10 million signatures.

When we first raised the threshold — from 5,000 to 25,000 — we called it “a good problem to have.” 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.

Starting today, as we move into a second term, petitions must receive 100,000 signatures in 30 days in order to receive an official response from the Obama Administration. This new threshold applies only to petitions created from this point forward and is not retroactively applied to ones that already exist.

In the last two months of 2012, use of We the People more than doubled. In just that time roughly 2.4 million new users joined the system, 73,000 petitions were created and 4.9 million signatures were registered.

We the People Participation Growth (January 2013) 

As we’ve seen overall use skyrocket, more petitions are crossing the threshold — and doing so much more quickly.

In the first 10 months of 2012, it took an average of 18 days for a new petition to cross the 25,000-signature threshold. In the last two months of the year, that average time was cut in half to just 9 days, and most petitions that crossed the threshold collected 25,000 signatures within five days of their creation. More than 60 percent of the petitions to cross threshold in all of 2012 did so in the last two months of the year.

It’s wonderful to see so many people using We the People to add their voices to important policy debates here in Washington and bring attention to issues that might not get the attention they deserve. This increasing adoption strengthens our resolve to build new features, including an API that would allow other popular online petition platforms to integrate with our official one. To that end we’ve released the source code to We the People and would love to connect with any enterprising engineers who want to help out.

Here’s a quick overview:

We the People Overview (January 2013)

SOURCE: http://www.whitehouse.gov



3 Responses to “White House – Why We’re Raising the Signature Threshold on Petitions to 100,000 for We the People”
  1. bobbi swann says:

    Ya know what? These politicians did not realize that the people of the USA have a voice….and it’s loud and clear. They just don’t want to HEAR it!!!! But that’s okay b/c raising the bar won’t stop US from raising our voices EVEN LOUDER. Do not despair; it’s just their way of trying to slow down the complaints and keep the noise level to an audible level….Just keep on SHOUTING TO THE ROOFTOPS. Congress plus the President in numbers no way out numbers the true voice of America!

  2. Fed Up says:

    What a joke

  3. keepon says:

    Where’s the laughing mouse?
    They’re even gonna pull THIS rug out from under us!
    All you jobless 47% petition signing deadbeats…. Now you went & broke this too! :[ Stop trying to pretend you care about your country! 😉

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