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Published: Tuesday, March 20 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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PeanutGallery
Salt Lake City, UT

At the caucus you have the opportunity to vote for delegates you think will best represent your views. Or you can certainly run yourself. Yes, there is a little bit of a learning curve, so if this was your first time, you probably learned some things that will be helpful next time. So be patient. Utah's caucus system really is a great system, and gives a greater voice to the average citizen than almost any other state.

goatesnotes
Kamas, UT

Many people call the caucus/nominating convention system "antiquated." The Wall Street Journal even called it "Byzantine."

Here's what it really is - it is the purest expression of the representative republic (what the founders envisioned) anywhere in America. It can be difficult to comprehend how a delegate who gives a brief speech every two years can possibly be expected to represent your views, but in the end it's what our grassroots system is all about.

A delegate representative of his or her precinct, directly elected by their neighbors, is authorized to go forward to the convention to vote for nominees. They are perhaps more accountable to their neighbors than anyone else in government. Stacking caucuses with like-minded people is permitted. Because they are accountable directly to those who elected them, they can be changed every two years.

In 2010 I represented our caucus in ousting Bob Bennett. By a simple majority vote it was what my precinct wanted me to do. This year, however, was a completely different story. I clearly stated my preference for Dan Liljenquist, and was voted out. My precinct attendees were decidedly older this year and loved the Orrin Hatch delegate.

The system works.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

So – In light of the Caucuses last Thursday;
how many of you anti-Hatch at any and all costs, Republican Party die-hards are going to quietly slither away, fall back in line, and vote for him again anyway…for a 7th time…for 42 consecutive years?

Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

The caucus system is the best way to make sure grass roots movements can work over large amounts of money. It is the only way someone with $100,000 can go against someone with $2,000,000 in election funds.

There were about 60,000 republicans in Utah that went to the neighborhood caucus elections in 2010 to elect the 3500 delegates. Add to those numbers to democrats and the primary elections and certainly the municipal elections didn't do any better in voter representation. This year there were in excess of 100,000 for the republicans and large numbers for the democrats.

Most people that want the caucus system changed, there are exceptions, are frustrated that they don't have as much power as people that show up to the neighborhood election caucus meetings. It doesn't take money, you just have to show up.

What we need are more people getting involved earlier, not shutting down the system that protects us from power hungry people wanting to take over.

homebrew
South Jordan, UT

The caucus system is a joke. Thats the way they want it. We need primary elections, not a caucus. For example, last year Bob Bennett was ousted, by the caucus, polls show that if he could have got on the ballot, he would have won by a landslide. Instead we end up with jokester, Mike Lee. What a system.

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