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 as well as the form to submit your proposal.
- You must be a Registered Member of the National Atheist Party in order to 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 75% or greater approval by registered members for passage.
Policy Proposal Schedule
|Policy proposal process begins||Announce schedule.|
|Final day to submit policy proposals.||Deadline for members & policy committees to submit policy proposals for Board review|
|Policy proposals, &/or rationale for Board rejection of proposals are released for general & membership consideration, discussion, & debate||Board reviews whether proposals meet standards of clarity, relevance, & core principles. If a concern can be remedied, a rewrite is extended to proposer. If he/she approves, the proposal proceeds to announcement for general poll consideration. Debate, begins upon announcement. PCs may be brought in to review concerns with proposals that fall within their area of expertise, & during the month’s debate may take part & present their arguments, endorsements & research.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Official Membership Vote held||Proposals with exceeding 66% (75% on Core Principles and Identity issues) general approval will be e-mailed to only registered membership, who’ve registered as of 12:01 Mar 1st/Jul 1st/Nov 1st.|
|Announcement||Announce results in all relevant means & share results.|
|Inclusion||Changes in policy or platform that should be amended in the Charter must be complete & updated by Mar 31st/Jul 31st/Nov 31st.|