The Pre-Proposal Poll aims to introduce a governance issue to the community, gauge sentiment, and determine if there is enough support to proceed to drafting an initial proposal. It requires a certain level of VP for submission and passage.
The Draft Proposal formalizes discussion about a potential policy and its impacts. It requires higher submission and passage thresholds compared to the Pre-Proposal Poll and must achieve a simple majority of participating voting power for passage.
The Governance Proposal stage aims to formalize the passed version of a Draft Proposal into a binding governance outcome. It requires higher submission and passage thresholds, along with a simple majority of participating VP.
Anyone who meets the submission threshold can advance a passed proposal (Poll or Draft) to the next stage, not just the proposal author.