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Letters: Let organizations decide

Published: Friday, May 24 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Residents attend the GOP Caucus meetings at Lone Peak High School in Highland. Thousands turned out at their Republican Party neighborhood caucus meetings around Utah, Thursday, March 15, 2012.

Scott G. Winterton, Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

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Rich McKeown, spokesman for Count My Vote (CMV) said, "We just think we can do better" ("GOP delegates reject changes to nominating system," May 18). A few people believe their ideas on how to improve the process private organizations use to select their representatives. Then when the groups don't agree, these ideas should be imposed on them by force of law.

If my friends and I don't like the process our church uses to select their leaders, should we organize and get the state to dictate to my church how leaders are selected? What if the ideas don't work or have unintended consequences? How easy will it be to adjust the laws? Right now different parties can have their own rules; multiple experiments can be run and rules quickly changed. For example, the Democrats reduced the threshold to win at convention from 70 percent to 60 percent in the '90s. The Republicans shortly followed.

CMV is willing to spend a lot of money ($1 million) in a campaign to have the state impose their ideas on all political parties. Why doesn't CMV spend money on research that supports its ideas and educate parties rather than threaten to expand the power of the state to control private organizations?

Rod Mann

Highland

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