The right to petition the White House for redress of citizens’ grievances, from deporting CNN anchor Piers Morgan to states asking to secede, just got more burdensome.
The White House announced in a blog post that, as of Tuesday, it has raised the threshold of required signatures from 25,000 to 100,000 in order to get the administration to respond to an online petition. The signatures must be amassed within 30 days of filing a petition.
Macon Phillips, the White House director of digital strategy, said the popularity of the website “We the People” has “exceeded our wildest expectations.” The White House originally started the project with a threshold of 5,000 signatures.
“We’re making another adjustment to ensure we’re able to continue to give the most popular ideas the time they deserve,” Mr. Phillips said.