Talk:National Atheist Party
In America is there any limitation on starting a political party? I know here in Australia, to be legally recognised as a political party, you generally need a minimum of 500 dues-paying members — otherwise every man and his dog would have a political party. (((Zack Martin)))™ 08:32, 27 November 2011 (UTC)
- Laws on political parties vary by state here. As far as I know there are no restrictions on forming parties, but there are ballot access laws restricting who can appear on election ballots, party or no party. ListenerXTalkerX 08:38, 27 November 2011 (UTC)
- We have something similar but different. Anyone can nominate as a candidate, but there is normally a $500 deposit payable to register as a candidate. If you get at least 1% of the vote, you get your deposit back, otherwise you don't. But you are only allowed to run as a candidate for a party if the party is legally registered (= 500 dues paying members), and you have the permission of that party; otherwise, you can still run, but the ballot paper won't list your party affiliation, just your name. I think the system works reasonably well — losing money if you don't get enough votes discourages, but doesn't prevent, non-serious candidates; and 500 due-paying members to register a party helps keep the party registration rolls free of parties with no chance of success (if you can't convince 500 people to pay $5 each, you surely can't convince 20,000 people to vote for you...) (((Zack Martin)))™ 08:47, 27 November 2011 (UTC)
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