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Sep 24, 2007
Yes - Often, but the answer really depends on a number of factors. In general, the more a target organization is impacted by public opinion, the more effective are the petitions. In addition, ThePetitionSite enhances the credibility of online petitions by centralizing signature collection, structuring/regulating signature data collection and output, facilitating communication of petitions via fax, email, etc. and by using fraud-reduction technology. Remember - the effect of a petition usually goes far beyond the actual list of signatures. Journalists write stories about the petitions, signers get inspired to take additional actions, and other "potential targets" conform their behavior to avoid being a target.

Most of all, petitions help build awareness in the community. They spread the word about important issues to those who otherwise might never have known about them. We must educate others to help them make responsible changes in their lives.

"They are undeniably an excellent way to raise the visibility of a cause." ~Kate Golden, Assistant Editor of

If a petition is successful, it will be listed on the petition after it closes. You'll see a message similar to this one:

"This petition has succeeded! Dec 14, 2005 — On September 28th, the House passed H.R. 3402, a Department of Justice Reauthorization bill that incorportated several VAWA provisions by a vote of 415- 4. Then on October 4th, the Senate passed VAWA S. 1197 by unanimous consent. The last step is for the two versions to be reconciled. Thank you for all of your hard work!"

For most of our nonprofit petitions, we arrange real-time delivery of signatures by email, web form and fax. For government officials who don't accept email from their constituents, we either submit the information through their web form or we send a fax. For citizen petitions, the authors take responsibility for delivery of the signatures.

Learn more about effective online advocacy in the Internet Advocacy Clinic. The group is no longer active but has some good topics in the archives. I'd love to see this group start-up again so you have anything to add to the discussions, please join and start posting.

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