Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
I completely agree with everything Sheryl Allen and Neil Blackburn wrote about the problems with Utah's caucus system (Readers' Forum, March 20). The flaws they pointed out were how it limits participation to those who are available during the short time span of the single caucus meeting and how little information we get about the qualifications and intentions of those running to be delegates.
Another fatal flaw of this system is that each delegate will vote in a variety of races. Not only are those who attend caucus meetings unlikely to know how the delegate candidates would vote in all the races, we're even less likely to find a delegate who will vote the way we want in every case.
I am an active citizen who votes whenever I can. I am among the tiny percentage who attended my caucus meeting, despite record turnouts. I listened to the candidates and voted for people who sounded reasonable and had a similar political persuasion to mine. Yet some of those delegates I helped elect are sure to vote for candidates I do not support. How is that a fair election system?
Jeffrey D. Driggs
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