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