Back in February the White House staff responsible for the We The People online petition platform asked for input on possible technical changes to the service. Earlier today the White House posted about a series of technical changes that streamline We The People and make the process more usable. (The threshold for action on We The People remains the same: 30 days to obtain 100,000 signatures.)
The changes are both cosmetic and functional, with the White House blog post providing useful comparison graphics. The website is now optimized for both phones and desktop/laptop devices, and those using screen readers to access the web should find We the People an easier site to navigate. There is also more guidance for the petition creation process. While that may make for fewer petitions, it’s possible that the percentage of petitions that do gain interest will increase.
If you have questions, answers might be found if you review the Q&A session that Chief Digital Officer Jason Goldman held earlier today.