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Obama Administration launches the White House Petition System

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We the PeopleOne of my major complaints with the Obama Administration (and to be fair just about every politician on the planet) is that they don’t always listen to the people they represent.  I’m hopeful that the new petition system released last week by the White House will help remedy that problem.  As a test, I created my own petition last night: http://wh.gov/4vm.

There are still some problems with the system and engineers are working through known issues, but I love to see this type of technology in place.  A major issue is that the search functionality isn’t returning my petition no matter what keywords you use, so for now you’ve got to use the link I provided ( http://wh.gov/4vm ).

Another problem is that when you register, the link you follow in the email sends you to a “coming soon” page, but does in fact register you.  So it works but unfortunately you aren’t alerted properly.

Please check out the site, create your own petition, and support the petitions you agree with.  I’ve found quite a few great ideas and have been made aware of issues I would have otherwise been oblivious to.  I really think this could be a game changer in politics and is a glimpse into the future.

I would also suggest that this blog feature some of the petitions and help get people talking about important issues – and our government listening.

Since I also need to promote my petition (you can’t after all search for it) here is a shameless plug as to what it is about: We believe the Obama Administration should expand the 401(k) program to include principal payments on home mortgages.

Sign here http://wh.gov/4vm

Please spread news about the system via Twitter or you favorite social media method.  Let the White House web admins know what you think as well: http://twitter.com/#!/search?q…

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  • relawson

    There is an initial threshold of 150 signatures to be searchable – and they are experimenting with that number.  So to get your petition seen you’ve got to convince at least 150 people to look at it.

    I have mixed feelings about this threshold.  I’m guessing there are some great ideas posted but the people with those great ideas aren’t the types of people who will market their petition enough to meet that threshold.  Heck, I’m not even sure I can get 150.

    But on the other hand, if you don’t have a threshold the site would be very difficult to navigate.  Personally, I think they should simply allow the user to set their own threshold.  After all, isn’t that what advanced search is for?  Maybe their idea is already out there, just not with 150 required signatures.