On Feb. 12, Gerald Larsen listed “Count My Vote’s five major flaws.”
Here is my brief rebuttal.
First, Larsen claims face-to-face communication is the best way to vet candidates, thus let’s keep caucuses. In our age there are numerous ways to communicate with candidates, but CMV will not eliminate face-to-face encounters. A direct primary election encourages this but with more citizens, not just delegates.
Second, election of incumbents will be less automatic if caucuses continue, says Larsen. Statistics contradict this. More than 90 percent of incumbents in Utah are re-elected using the current caucus system.
Third, Larsen implies that candidates selected by grass-roots delegates are a better choice. It’s past time for Utah’s elected officials to be elected by the people, all the people, through a direct primary election where every vote is equal, and elected officials listen to all constituents without giving special attention to delegates.
Fourth, Larsen says that open primary elections, where Democrats can vote in Republican primaries, are an invitation for mischief, yet Count My Vote does not propose this change. Nor does CMV address making “caucuses more convenient,” his fifth listed flaw.
Clearly, it is Larsen’s arguments against Count My Vote that are flawed.
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