White House Raises 'We the People' Signature Threshold to 100,000, Leaving Only a Single Response-Eliciting Petition on the Site

Late yesterday, the White House announced that it was raising the threshold of signatures needed to elicit a response through its "We the People" petition site to 100,000.

In its statement, the White House reminds Americans of the spin it put on the first threshold increase from 5,000 to 25,000 after just one month online: That the system's popularity was "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.

Which would be fine, if there weren't just one petition with over 100,000 signatures currently on the site: A call to have the Westboro Baptist Church legally recognized as a hate group.

The second petition in line — a request to investigate the Westboro Baptist Church's tax-exempt status — has just over 79,000 signatures at the time of writing, and that feat took over 30 days to accomplish.

In other words, it would not receive a White House response under the new rules.

In fact, of all the petitions that White House has responded to since the site launched in 2011, only two have garnered over 100,000 signatures: Letting Texas secede from the Union, and addressing gun control.

And both of those petitions had the benefit of a major galvanizing event that united people under the banner of a common cause.

Perhaps the raising of the signature threshold will spur the same people to demand a more responsive government.

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