Asked by: Mirka Rohirse
asked in category: General Last Updated: 25th January, 2020

Does the White House have to respond to petitions?

As of 16 October 2016, 323 White House petitions have met their signature thresholds. The White House has responded to 321 of them (99%) with an average response time of 117 days. Average waiting time so far for two unanswered petitions: 23 days, according to whpetitions.info.

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In this regard, how many signatures are needed for a petition to the White House?

To cross the first threshold and be searchable within WhiteHouse.gov, a petition must reach 150 signatures within 30 days. To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days. The Terms of Participation were last updated on March 7, 2016.

Beside above, do change org petitions work? The petitions on The White House are more effective because they do verify emails and the president commits to consider any petitions that has a certain number of signatures. But that's over in about six weeks.

Then, what power does a petition have?

The Petition Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of the people "to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." The right to petition has been held to include the right to file lawsuits against the government.

How do I start a petition at the White House?

How Petitions Work

  1. Create a Petition. Call on the White House to take action on the issue that matters to you.
  2. Gather Signatures. Share your petition with others, build a community for the change you want to make.
  3. 100,000 Signatures in 30 Days. Get an official update from the White House within 60 days.

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