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White House to launch e-petition platform

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A new online platform set to launch on whitehouse.gov will allow people to create, share and sign petitions “asking the Obama administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country,” the White House announced Thursday.

The web-based feature, called We the People, provides a new way to submit e-petitions, garner support and get an official response from the administration based on how many signatures are received, according to whitehouse.gov. The administration has not announced when the platform will launch, but people are encouraged to create their petitions now and begin promoting their ideas.

Here’s how We the People will work:

- Anyone 13 years and older will be able to create and sign a petition at whitehouse.gov that calls on the administration to take action on various issues. Users will be asked to creat an account and verify their email.

- People are responsible for building support for their petition via Facebook, Twitter or other means. 

- Initially, petitions must receive at least 5,000 signatures within 30 days to get a response from the administration. The petition will be sent to the appropriate policy maker for action.

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