October Policy Proposal General Poll

Policy Proposals

The proposal listed below have met approval of the Advisory Board and Executive Board of the National Atheist Party and are submitted for consideration and debate.   Polling begins on the 5th of October be held until the 10th of October.  Debate, discussion, and presentation of evidence are encouraged in common forums such as the State Chapter Groups, the NAP Discussion Group and Meeting Hall, or the National Atheist Party’s main page. Click the links below to review the proposals.

Proposal:   Redefine what constitutes core values, thereby changing voting threshold for organizational name change.

Rationale:  We are at risk of disenfranchising our own membership, since the last name change proposal enjoyed a 64.7% vote, and a 90% threshold is an unrealistic threshold.

The National Atheist Party differs from other political organizations in that our individual membership, general and registered, possess the opportunity to shape the direction of the organization as well as the platform, policies and values that form the foundation of the National Atheist Party.  The primary mechanism, which serves these ends, is the National Atheist Party’s system for policy proposals.  This process offers the opportunity for Registered Members to influence policy and debate directly three times a year. Below you will find the schedule for this process Please note:

  • Only a Registered Member of the National Atheist Party may submit policy proposals.
  • In order for a proposal to pass to a formal vote of registered members, a threshold surpassing 66% approval by general membership must be achieved.
  • In order for final passage and Charter inclusion, a threshold surpassing 66% approval by registered members must be achieved with the exclusion of any vote affecting the core principles and identity of the National Atheist Party.  These must meet a threshold of 90% or greater approval by registered members for passage.

Policy Proposal Schedule




Sept. 1 Policy Proposal Process begins COMPLETE
Sept. 22 Final Day to Submit Policy Proposals COMPLETE
Oct. 5 General Membership Poll released. Debate continues Using SurveyMonkey poll, postable through a web article that can house & link other important information pertaining to the proposal(s). During this week debate continues.
Oct. 10 Close of Debate & general membership poll. Announcement of results. Once the poll is closed, results can be made public through article & general announcement, & because the original survey was housed on Survey Monkey, any that passed will be easy to include & edit into a the registered membership vote.
Oct. 20 Official Membership Vote held  Proposals with exceeding  66% general approval will be e-mailed to only registered membership, who have registered as of 12:01 Oct. 1st.
Oct. ASAP Announcement Announce results in all relevant means & share results.
Oct. 30 Inclusion Changes in policy or platform that should be amended in the Charter must be complete & updated by October 30.

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