I have two major concerns with the push through the "Count My Vote" initiative to change Utah's political system away from caucus to a straight primary election.
First, the proposed changes are really nothing but a gift to one group: the unmotivated voters.
My second point is that the caucus and primary elections are about how a political party chooses its candidates. Why is this a matter of state law? Political parties are not government subdivisions that should be regulated by public referendum or legislative action. The party leaders, elected by members of that party, have the right to determine the party's bylaws and policies.
The argument that the caucus system favors more extreme members of a party has a much simpler solution, one that does not take any government intervention to accomplish: Moderate voters simply need to care enough to get involved.
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