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Readers' forum: Open primary system

Published: Friday, Dec. 2 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

Delegates sit and listen at the beginning of the 2011 Republican State Convention Saturday, June 18, 2011 at South Towne Exposition Center.

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

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Ben Booth recently said that the caucus system was not broken ("Caucus system not broken," Readers' Forum, Nov. 26). He is right. The system is OK. The problem lies with the delegates to the convention who were not practicing honesty and integrity in their convention deliberations.

In at least two instances, the majority of the convention delegates allowed themselves to be manipulated by political thieves. They put their honesty and integrity in abeyance and went along with these political thieves to oust the popular incumbents (i.e., Gov. Olene Walker and Sen. Robert Bennett) from being on the ballot. Both incumbents undoubtedly would have been reelected had it not been for the unfair manipulation of our strange voting procedures in Utah.

Evidently state political convention delegates can't be trusted to practice honesty and integrity in their deliberations. Perhaps these unfair manipulations of the delegates in our state political conventions can be avoided in the future by returning Utah to the open primary system it once practiced, thus eliminating the power of the state political conventions to thwart the will of the people in state elections.

Halvor Olsen

West Bountiful

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