Keep the caucus system!"Count my vote" is a scheme by the
power broker elites with deep pockets, and their media allies who stand to
profit handsomely from all the political ads needed for primaries, to take away
the opportunity for voters to actively scrutinize candidates before
elections.Having thousands more voters who have no idea about a
candidate or their stand on issues other than a vague impression from sheer name
recognition, or some slick, deceptive TV ad does not get us better elected
officials. Caucuses allow neighborhood groups to meet candidates,
and for their elected delegates to further scrutinize candidates before voting
at the local or state convention. If a candidate is not the clear choice of a
large majority, there will be a primary to make the final selection.Keep the caucus system! And, show up if you care, instead of signing a
petition for a phoney scheme to punish those who pay attention to politics.
It is too bad these high paid people are pushing for a system that may have kept
them and their cronies in power. Freedom Works wants to have this type of
system with their outside money and influence with national elections and Glenn
Beck at their side.
Agreed. No respect for Norm Bangerter he is a liberal Republican at best.
Count My Vote wants to TAKE AWAY your vote at your Neighborhood Election! We
have a unique political system that forces our elected officials to be
accountable to the people of Utah! Tell me in what other state will you have a
US Senator or Governor show up and hold a cottage meeting in your home? If we go
the way of Primaries we lose access to our elected officials and will only see
them in a TV commercial. Why let the Big Money Brokers behind County My Vote
change and control the future of our political system? Tell CMV NO thank you to
their petition; you want to KEEP your Vote in your Neighborhood Election.
As you know from 2008 to 2010 neighborhood election meeting attendance doubled.
From 2010 to 2012, meeting attendance doubled again. There is hope that in 2014,
it will double again and 250,000 will attend. I know that The State GOP has a
committee that is working to make sure we don't have the same growth
problems for 2014 and that the system can handle the volume of those interested
and still allow time to meet candidates and askquestions.New
proposals for 2014 include a better system for check in, including optional
preregistration. The ability to optionally pre-file to run to represent your
neighbors as well. The meeting will be designed to last for 2 hrs. or less, from
7pm to 9pm. There will be a pre-meeting from 6pm to 7pm to allow you to
personally meet candidates to represent your neighborhood that have decided to
run and for you to ask one on one questions. Even with large groups, changes to
make sure members can agree on questions to ask neighborhood representative
candidates with more time to hear from them.I hope you will come
again in 2014 and make the meeting better.
Utah's Neighborhood Elections force candidates to pay attention to rural
areas of Utah. Direct primaries encourage candidates to ignore rural areas and
communicate only by paid advertising. A direct primary would create fly-over
areas of Utah that will rarely get to meet their candidates face to face.We have a system that that does NOT favor the incumbent, the wealthy or
the famous. This is a good thing, and should be preserved.The
Neighborhood Election and Convention system in Utah is the best way to make sure
a grassroots process can win over large amounts of money. It is the only way
someone with $100,000 can go against someone with $2 million in election funds.
By "phoney scheme to punish those who pay attention to politics" DNSub2
apparently means anything that allows people other than the so-called
"informed elite" to have a meaningful opportunity to vote for their
representatives. Who's "informed"? Well, if you disagree with him
on political issues, you are eo ipso a "low-information voter" who
richly deserves to be disenfranchised.The caucus system in Utah is a
miserably broken farce. The majority of the voters in this state want their
state back and will be glad to see meaningful elections again. The vocal
minority who have disproportionate power in the current system are of course
going to vociferously oppose any attempt at reform.
Count My Vote is a scheme by the progressives to control power. I love the
caucus system and have attended everyone since I moved to Utah 13 years ago.
Every meeting is packed full of people from my neighborhood. It is standing
room only. We get to discuss candidates and pick delegates that represent our
I support the initiative. In the past, I have been elected a republican state
delegate in my neighborhood caucus, but feel it is time a broader viewpoint is
heard. A primary would help the majority rule. Now a small group of radicals
can take over the caucus system and end up shutting down the greatest government
on earth. This has not worked out well for our beloved country.
HBZion,Yes, 120,000 "radicals" took over the caucus and we get
Sen. Hatch for 6 more years.OK, perhaps those supporters of Sen.
Hatch were radicals, but many wouldn't agree.In 1946, the
Deseret News said it wanted to get rid of a direct primary that we had tried for
10 years. It had a run off system back then which had very bad voter turnout. It
didn't want to get rid of the runoff else we could be taken over by crooks.
(their words). It wanted a combo of the caucus system and a primary with the
caucus system making sure we didn't need a run off.Count My
Vote has exactly the system the Deseret News warned could be taking over by the
rich in 1946. Perhaps they have forgotten, or were not alive.
Count My Vote is nothing but the Republican Elite crying about Bob Bennett
getting the boot. All you have to do to remind yourself that it was
Bennett's time to go is to recall his words, "I've lost my
career." Yep Bob, if you considered your Senate seat to be a career, then
you didn't have the best interests of those that elected you at heart.Without the caucus system, we would not have had Mia Love. We'd
have had Wimmer instead who would have lost really big to Matheson. Now that
Mia has some name recognition, she may well beat Matheson and his trying to play
both sides of the same coin. Without the caucus system we'd
have had who knows how many more years of Frank Moss. Hatch used the caucus
system to his advantage way back then to defeat way better known Republicans.
Hatch wouldn't have had a prayer in a direct primary.If people
don't vote, that is their problem. The Count My Vote people won't
change that. Watch for increased participation in three years when
Lee is up for re-election.