The 60% works, allowing a shot of a challenger to eliminate an incumbent and yet
requires a challenger to be a strong candidate. Based on the GOP
State party released sheets 2000 to 2012 for state wide races or congressional
races, At 60%, threshold to avoid a primary, 1/2 of contested races went to
primary. They tracked 44 races, 14 of which were not contested for
the nominee. In 2012, there were more races and more primaries. Hatch/Liljenquist, Dougall/Johnson, Swallow/Reyes, McCartney/Valdez,
Okerlund/Painter, Vickers/Anderson, Perry/Galvez, Redd/Butterfield,
Anderegg/Moore, Handy/Crowder, Macdonald/Bagley, Sagers/McCoy, Kennedy/Nitta,
Muniz/Hendrickson, Stratton/Murray, Christofferson/Kane, Greene/Stevens,
Layton/Daw, Nelson/Wright, Westwood/Carling, and Crockett/Winder, to name a few.
Not every race had a primary nor should it. Most of those were GOP primaries.Increasing the number of primaries won't increase turnout. Vote by
mail does, as do get out the vote campaigns.
What is very unsettling about the Republican primaries is it denies non party
citizens to vote on local and state wide bond issues and laws and judges which
we all have a right to vote on. I wanted to vote on non partisan items and the
polling site makes voters sign and register as party affiliates republicans to
vote on general elections referendums.This violates citizens right
to vote on issues related to government and public interests. I was very
offended at this process and I am still offended by the fact that partisan
politics is denying many non republican voters on non partisan ballot related
issues.This method of controlling everyone's rights and
limiting them to republican votes is unconstitutional and other parties are
denied their voting on general issues.
Basically, people have to understand that this election is the only vote they
will have especially in Utah County. You vote now for your choice or get
whomever comes out on top since it is Republican territory and with some
exceptions the Republican always wins in the General Election. So, it is now or
never. People "cry" over the loss by a well known
politician in a Primary, but it comes down to the fact that they allowed him to
lose by not voting. This is also the system that many are pressing for in Utah
over the caucus method and both have serious shortcomings. A
Warning: If the person you favor loses tomorrow it will be because someone
didn't feel it important to vote.
My2Cents,Call the County Clerk. You are wrong. You don't have to
register as a Republican or Democratic Party Member to vote in the General
Elections and the items you mentioned are not part of the primary. No one can
vote on the judges until this fall.
More primaries do not more voters make. In Salt Lake County this year there is
ONE main race - County Assessor. That one will not bring out a lot of voters,
regardless of whether a caucus convention system or an open primary. The point
is that the current caucus system protects the right of a private corporation to
decide how its brand will be used and whether that corporation will be allowed
to decide who gets a vote within that corporation. What's unsettling is
that the Utah State Legislature and the Governor have signed into law an
unconstitutional law that sets a dangerous precedent that could be applied to
YOUR private business. I wonder if Larry H. Miller and that family's
privately-held, family-owned businesses would like the legislature to decide who
their corporations' boards and presidents should be? Would they want their
corporations to be in the same boat as CMV wants for private political
organizations? Would they want an open primary system to determine who their
next chairman of the board should be?
If we lived in China, Russia, Iran or any other totalitarian country, 99.9% of
the vote would be (forced) out. So, if you are satisfied with everything on the
ballot, you have the right not to vote. But, when you get what you don't
vote for, don't complain.
2cents,You only have to register as a Republican to vote in their
partisan primary. You do not have to register with a party to vote in
Democratic primary nor to vote on any non-partisan issues.And no party
registration is required to vote in a general election.
Please vote. Low turnout = wacky results. As Yeats said, 'The best lack all
conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity," and the worst
possible voters control the rest of us if there is a low turnout.