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The Point System 

There are two requirements for membership in Gold Party:

1. filling out and signing a membership form
2. paying annual dues

Membership in Gold Party does not mean that the member commits to vote for party-endorsed candidates or to support whatever platform the party adopts. Gold Party members can be members of other political parties. There is complete personal freedom in political matters. Membership does, however, imply general support for the party and agreement with its aims. Members may resign from the party at any time with a simple statement of intent.

Decisions of Gold Party are made through a process of voting by registered members. Such decisions include adoption of a party platform, endorsement of candidates for public office, party officers, and party rules.

Party members do not have an equal vote in those decisions. Instead, voting takes place according to a point system. Gold Party members vote the number of points which they have as members. A majority of point-based votes cast by members generally decides party business.

The points which members receive with respect to voting fall into three categories:

1. Membership points: Members receive points for their own membership. Such points depend upon the level of annual dues which the member has paid.

2. Recruitment points: Members receive points for recruiting other members. Such points are based on a percentage of the recruited member’s membership points.

3. Merit points: Members receive points for other contributions to the party. A certain committee within the party decides which member should be recognized for which contribution and how many points the contribution is worth.

A member’s point status is the total number of points received in all three categories, rounded up to the next higher integral number. Membership and recruitment points are awarded by a fixed set of rules. Merit points are discretionary. New computer software will be needed to calculate the points efficiently and quickly so that members will know where they stand at various party functions, especially when votes are taken.

Gold Party members who are registered to vote in U.S. elections receive full credit for their points. Others, who are not registered to vote, may still be members of Gold Party but their point-based votes would be half of what they would otherwise receive, rounded up to the next integral number. Such persons include alien residents of the United States who have not become citizens, persons who are too young to vote, adult residents who are citizens but have not registered , and others ineligible to vote.

Membership points

Membership points reflect the level of annual dues which a member has paid. Tentatively, the schedule is as follows:

annual dues points
 
$.01 to $.99 0.5
$1.00 to $4.99 1
$5.00 to $9.99 1.5
$10.00 to $19.99 2
$20.00 to $49.99 2.5
$50.00 to $74.99 3
$75.00 to $99.99 3.5
$100.00 to $149.99 4
$150.00 to $199.99 4.5
$200.00 to $499.99 5
$500.00 to $749.99 5.5
$750.00 to $999.99 6
$1,000.00 to $1,499.99 6.5
$1,500.00 to $1,999.99 7
$2,000.00 to $4,999.00 7.5
$5,000.00 + 8

 

It is expected that a “normal" level of dues would fall in the $10 to $50 range. However, someone could become a member by paying as little as one penny. Higher dues contributions would yield a greater number of membership points, but at a sharply diminishing rate.

Recruitment points

Members receive additional points for other persons recruited to become Gold Party members.

Each person who joins the party will be asked to name two other individuals who “recruited” him or her as a member or who had a substantial influence upon the person’s decision to join. These individuals should be ranked as to primary and secondary importance.

If those persons are Gold Party members, the person ranked first by the new member would receive “recruitment points” equal to 0.3 times the new member’s membership points. The person ranked second would receive “recruitment points” equal to 0.2 times the new member’s membership points.

For example, if a member was a primary recruiter of a new member who paid $100 in dues, the recruitment points would be .3 times 4, or 1.2. If a secondary recruiter of a member who paid $20 in dues, the recruitment points would be .2 times 2.5, or .50. These points would be added to the original member's total.

The newly recruited member has complete authority to decide which Gold Party member “recruited” him or her, both in a primary and secondary capacity. The assignment may be changed upon the occasion of renewing annual memberships.


Gold Party might also consider awarding points to members, in a lesser amount, for members recruited by members whom they have recruited
.

Merit points

Finally, Gold Party members may receive “merit points” for various active contributions that they have made to the party, apart from joining it or recruiting other members. Because the party has not yet taken shape, it would not be helpful at the outset to prescribe what types of contributions should be rewarded or how many points each contribution is worth. That decision would be made by a committee charged with awarding the merit points.

Prospectively, however, points might be awarded for contributions such as these:

1. holding office in a local or regional Gold Party group.
2. processing forms for party membership
3. editing a paper newspaper or contributing stories to it
4. producing a video to promote Gold Party
5. organizing a public meeting to establish a Gold Party group in a new location
6. producing a research paper on an issue of public policy
7. taking part in a march or rally to promote Gold Party
8. delivering a speech or distributing literature for the party

The possibilities are endless for types of activities that might be rewarded. It is expected that the point committee would meet often, bestowing points upon contributing members in both large and small amounts.

This would be one of the most sensitive functions within the party. The members must perceive that “merit points” are being awarded fairly and reflect real contributions to the party’s growth and well being. To maintain some overall discipline, the number of “merit points” which a local committee might award should not exceed the combined total of “membership” and “recruitment” points of members within its jurisdiction.

Points of various kinds might also erode. For instance, if a member renews his membership but at a lower dues level than the year before, the membership points would be lower. If some persons discontinue membership or shift recruitment designation to another person, such events would reduce the number of recruitment points. With respect to points awarded for merit, the committee would have to develop rules for point erosion or make such decisions on a case-by-case basis. However, there could be continuing growth in the total number of Gold Party points so long as the party itself is growing.

In short, this is a new system needing to be created and perfected for political parties even as money-based systems have been developed for business over the years. Gold Party would pioneer the technique of motivating people to do political work through their individual acquisition of points.

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