Consensus Decision Making

Following are the rules that guide our decision making.

  1. If a question can be decided by an informal vote 51% carries the motion.
  2. If 35 % of the voters request a formal vote it must be taken and each voter must indicate the level of their vote as follows;
    1. Level 1 … Yes
    2. Level 2 … Yes, and …
    3. Level 3 … Yes, but …
    4. Level 4 … No, with the following reasons
  3. If there are a total of 75 % of votes at levels 1 and 2 and if there are no Level 4 votes, a consensus has been reached.
  4. If that does not occur, there is more discussion with attention to the Level 3 and 4 concerns.
  5. If a significant number of members are at level 3 and 4 following discussion and additional voting, it may be necessary to make a decision by majority vote.
  6. In that case 65 % agreement at Levels 1 and 2 will carry the motion.
  7. Up to 35 % of the voters at Level 3 and 4 will not block the group from a decision.