Watch the Enhanced Video
Step By Step Guide
You Create a Petition
Before you start a petition, take some time to think about your goal. What you want President Obama or the White House to do? Why others should support your cause? This will help you clearly articulate your position and make your petition more effective. You should also check to be sure there isn’t already a petition with the same goal on the site.
Here's how to create a new petition:
Enter Basic Information Start by entering a short (120 characters or less) headline for the petition by completing the sentence “We believe the Obama Administration should….” Your headline should be clear and compelling and describe the goal of your petition. Next you’ll select up to three issue categories. If you want to add additional information about the topic of your petition, you can do that later by adding tags.
Look for Similar Petitions Once you submit your petition headline and categories, we’ll search the system to see if there are any existing petitions that are similar. If there is already an existing petition that addresses the concerns you have, you may want to sign that petition instead rather than creating a new one. You will increase the likelihood of getting a response by signing onto an existing petition rather than creating a duplicate petition on the same issue.
Provide Additional Details If you don’t find an existing petition that is similar, next you’ll enter additional details about the petition. This is where you have a chance to make your case. Use this space to clearly articulate your goals and what you would like the Obama Administration to do. Include additional information or research to support your request. Keep the petition description brief, you only have 800 characters including spaces. You’ll also have a chance to add additional tags to help further define the topic of your petition. Please note that petitions on the We the People site will be moderated. Some petitions may be removed from the site consistent with the Terms of Participation and Moderation Policy.
Preview, Publish and Promote. Next you’ll have a chance to preview the petition and make changes. Be sure to double-check for spelling, punctuation and grammar because once you publish a petition it cannot be edited. Once you’ve published a petition, the real work begins: it’s time to start promoting it with your friends, family and others who care about the issue.
After you publish the petition, it’s up to you to promote it and get others to sign. You’ll get an automatic email once your petition is published that you can forward to get started. Remember you have just 30 days to get 100,000 signatures in order to get a response from the White House. And it’s up to you to get to 150 signatures in order for your petition to be publicly searchable on the We the People tool on WhiteHouse.gov.
The White House Reviews and Responds
Once the petition reaches the required threshold, it will be put in a queue to be reviewed by the White House. Others can still sign the petition while it is awaiting a response from the White House. When the White House responds, everyone who has signed the petition will get email from the White House to let you know that we’ve reviewed and responded to the petition.