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Published: Friday, April 1 2011 6:00 p.m. MDT

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Springville, UT

Why not have a special election for the people to select the new Senator? I know Republicans don't like democracy and have said so by legislative fiat, but take it outside the insiders to pick a person to represent the people. What a radical idea!

Bountiful, UT

Esquire, here is the deal on how filling a Republican vacancy in the State Legislature occurs:

The Utah State Code (20A-8-401) states that each properly registered political party shall provide (via a filed copy of its respective Constitution and Bylaws) a procedure for filling vacancies in the office of Representative or Senator because of death, resignation, or ineligibility.

According to the State Republican Party bylaws (as amended 13 June 2009), "...In legislative districts that are identical to, or completely within the boundaries of one county, the candidate to fill the vacancy shall be determined according to that county party's governing documents [or]...by a special caucus of county delegates according to the provisions of section A."

As for filling Democratic vacancies, it is my understanding that this process of filling vacancies is similar, although not identical. The respective state/county delegates eventually choose the replacement legislator.

Bottom Line: Whether it is Republicans or Democrats, the delegates finally choose the replacements for vacancies and not the voters via special elections. Don't like these methods, then change the State Law.

Salt Lake City, UT

I can't believe how these people have underestimated the anger they have stirred up over HB477 and HB165. We do not like our Civil Rights being trampled on and it will be reflected come election time.

Roosevelt, UT

keeping government communications secret or giving amnesty to 110,000 criminals, I think this group needs to hear more and get out of the bubble they have created for themselves

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

I was disappointed not to hear what Mr. Osmond had to say about HB116, aka illegla alien amnesty act. It takes no political courage to talk about HB477, the repeal of which everyone appears to agree on, but his silence on HB116 is very telling.

would rather the seat be SOLD as was BO's US senate seat to Roland Burris after BO was elected president?

John C. C.
Payson, UT

Now you, too, can be a political insider, like those delegates who just picked Senator Buttars' replacement.

1. Show up at your next party caucus, March 27, 2012.
2. Get chosen.

I love this country!

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