We the People. But now the petition site Change.org, which says it has a user base of 50 million, is expanding its system to allow “decision makers,” like politicians, to sign up for verified accounts, with which they can respond to petitions on the site that have gathered enough signatures. Tech President reports:If you want the chance to petition and be ignored by the president, there’s always
Reps. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, (D-Mass.) are three early Congressional adopters of the tool. [Change.org’s director of external affairs Jack] Brewer says that they've just been sent their logins, so they haven't had a chance to respond to the dozens of outstanding petitions addressed to them that can be found on the site.
Politicians are the first broad category of public figures that are being given access to "Change.org for Decision Makers." Other sector leaders will include those in the world of business and non-profits.
Having just launched on Wednesday, it’s too early to tell how successful Change.org’s new feature will be. It won’t take too much responsiveness from the politicians who do sign up to outperform the White House’s petition site, and you won’t have to register with the government to do it.