Nate Anderson for Ars Technica:
Many of these petitions have only a few thousand supporters (or, to put it another way, many of these petitions have a few thousand supporters?). But some have far more. The petition for the state of Texas has garnered 89,540 signatures in four days—far more than the 25,000 needed to secure an official response from the Obama administration.
Proposed official response: no.