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The number used to be 25,000 signatures

The White House recently increased the number of signatures needed on its "We the People" petition site from 25,000 to 100,000.

"We the People" is a website where users can create and apply online signatures to petitions. When the number of signatures on a petition exceeded 25,000, it will receive a comment from the White House.

When the site launched in 2011, only 5,000 signatures were needed. As the number of users grew, the number was raised to 25,000. Now, the site has grown even more and 100,000 is the new number to beat.

However, any petitions that were existing before the new 100,000 rule will remain under the 25,000 signature rule. As of right now, there are a little under 40 petitions that have passed the 25,000 signature mark.

Source: NBC News

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RE: notes
By frometa23 on 1/17/2013 2:52:20 PM , Rating: 5
On that note, let's petition that the requirement be lowered back to 25,000.

RE: notes
By Mitch101 on 1/17/2013 3:33:59 PM , Rating: 2
RE: notes
By RufusM on 1/18/2013 1:55:23 PM , Rating: 2
Awesome idea!

On that note, this whole idea is a joke and is just an attempt PR.

The is the same thing as those commercials with the local news team playing softball, visiting the hospital and kissing babies while the tag line is "We care!". (We even had one local TV station change their call letters to KARE...puke.)

RE: notes
By mugiebahar on 1/18/2013 3:14:26 PM , Rating: 2
That's funny.i wonder f it will work lol

RE: notes
By JPForums on 1/21/2013 8:08:52 AM , Rating: 2
I completely agree.
They've only had something like 40 petitions reach 25,000 signatures.
How much time does it really take to respond to them given their lame duck responses to many of them:
"We want you to consider changing the law." --> "No. It's against the law."
"We want you to investigate and enforce the law for this highly probable violation." --> "No. We are the executive branch, we don't enforce laws."

On the other hand, they never promise action, just a response. Neither did they promise an intelligent response. It seems the people below are correct. This whole site is just a tool for the administration to point to and say how "open" and "for the people" they are. Since %99+ of Americans have probably never actually seen the site, it'll probably work too.

RE: notes
By MZperX on 1/22/2013 12:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
"No. We are the executive branch, we don't enforce laws."

Wait, what? The executive branch is supposed to enforce laws . What branch should, if not the executive? I hope you meant that as a stab at this administration's highly selective approach to law enforcement. Immigration laws? Naw. Defense of Marriage Act? Naw. Voter Intimidation a la Black Panthers? Fuggedaboutit. Government sponsored arms trafficking to Mexican drug cartels? Let's pretend it never happened... You get the picture.

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