Apparently, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
In response to a wave of civic activism or, in some cases, cynicism, the White House announced this week that it’s upping the threshold required for petitioners to receive a response from the government.
As Andrew Khouri reported Wednesday, no longer will petitions that reach 25,000 online signatures trigger a response from the government. It’s now 100,000 in 30 days.
Thanks a lot, all 50 states.
Though White House Director of Digital Strategy Macon Phillips didn’t say it in his blog outlining the new policy, the more-difficult-to-reach threshold looks to be a response to a number of petitions the White House has received since President Obama was elected. The surge in popularity, not surprisingly, started after the election when countless petitions were launched in every state to secede from the union.