White House's 'We The People' Petitions Find Mixed Success


Author: Audie Cornish
Coverage Type: reporting
Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

The retro way to get the attention of the White House was to write an op-ed in a high profile newspaper, lobby Congress, or maybe even stage a march on Washington. Today all you need to do is click a few buttons.

In 2011 the White House created a petitioning website called "We the People." Petitions that gather 25,000 or more signatures within 30 days receive an administration response. After more than a year in operation, Audie Cornish checks in with Jim Snider, a Harvard fellow who studies democratic reform in the information age, about the site's effectiveness.

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