Petition-Weary White House Changes Rules
You now need 100K signatures to get official response
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2013 8:55 AM CST
The White House in Washington, in this Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

(Newser) – Sorry, but the White House won't be responding to any more Death Star construction requests—at least, not unless they get 100,000 signatures. Yesterday, the White House raised the 25,000-signature threshold previously required to get an official administration response to a petition submitted on the "We the People" website. "When we launched We the People, none of us knew how popular it would be, but it's exceeded our wildest expectations," the official wrote. "When we first raised the threshold [in 2011]—from 5,000 to 25,000—we called it 'a good problem to have.' Turns out that 'good problem' is only getting better."

Though the official didn't mention them by name, Politico notes that in recent weeks, the White House has responded to petitions regarding not just the Death Star, but also a request to secede from the union as well as one to deport Piers Morgan.

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Jan 16, 2013 10:42 PM CST
i soooooooooooooo knew this would happen. i even guessed the 100,000 quota :-) It's directly because of the one requesting we build a freaking Death Star! How stupid. Exactly which planet do "the people" feel needs to be destroyed? i guess Emperor Obama had to use the Force...
Jan 16, 2013 7:14 PM CST
Maybe we can petition that the petitions with 25K can be considered again?
Jan 16, 2013 6:55 PM CST
"When the administration first established the petition system in September 2011, Obama’s aides promised that any petition with 5,000 signatures would receive a formal written response from White House officials. That threshold was raised to 25,000 for 2012. The new 100,000-signature threshold follows a series of provocative, awkward or embarrassing petitions, some of which attracted enough signatures to meet the threshold set by Obama for getting a formal White House response.Usage of the petition site has spiked since the election, partly because more than 600,000 people have signed various secession petitions. Secession petitions from all 50 States deluged the White House website. In the first 10 months of 2012, it took an average of 18 days for a new petition to cross the 25,000-signature threshold,” said Macon’s statement. “In the last two months of the year, that average time was cut in half to just 9 days, and most petitions that crossed the threshold collected 25,000 signatures within five days of their creation. ”Six out of 10 petitions that met the 25,000 threshold passed in November and December, said Macon." Read more: .