White House Raises Threshold For Responding To Petitions

January 15, 2013 2:06 p.m.

The White House is raising the number of signatures a petition must receive on its We the People page before they will respond to it. Beginning Tuesday, the requisite number has jumped to 100,000, up from 25,000.  

From the White House blog:

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.

The new threshold is not retroactive and only applies to petitions created Tuesday and going forward.

Masthead Masthead
Editor & Publisher:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Senior Newswriters:
Editor at Large:
General Manager & General Counsel:
Executive Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer: