Letter: I want to vote

Published: Sunday, April 1 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Votes are counted during a GOP caucus meeting at Lone Peak High School in Highland, Thursday, March 15, 2012.

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

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The only thing that works more poorly than a Utah political caucus is a caucus with a large attendance. We had 115 people crammed into a classroom designed for 30. It was hot and crowded with standing room only.

After four torturous hours, we succeeded in handing our God-given democratic rights to three people whose political views we hardly understand. I am at a loss to understand why these three people (and I think they are very good people) will do a better job of representing me than I could do in representing myself.

Can someone tell me why I am apparently not qualified or intelligent enough to cast a direct vote for the candidates I want? Every one of the 115 people in attendance, together with those who could not attend, deserve the right to cast their vote directly for the candidates of their choice.

As citizens, we should be outraged that we have this horrible system. We need to dump this anti-democratic system and give each citizen the right to vote directly for the candidates of their choice.

Marlon Bates


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