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Published: Wednesday, April 17 2013 6:05 p.m. MDT

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Independent Thinker
West Jordan, UT

Remaining decidedly "unaffiliated" with any political party, I would vote for Mr. Wright if he chooses to run in the 4th Congressional district. However, I would vote for Mr. Matheson if the GOP chooses to put Ms. Love forward as their candidate.

I think Mr. Wright has a solid political future ahead of him, and I have appreciated his tact and graciousness as chair of the GOP for the past several years.

Salt Lake City, UT

One of the principles of those wanting to gut the neighborhood election caucus meeting and convention system we have in Utah, was this: " A system that provides inherent advantages to those who are incumbent, wealthy or famous is not acceptable."

The problem is their proposals would do exactly that.

The Caucus System in Utah 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 120,000 republicans in Utah that went to the neighborhood caucus elections in 2012 to elect the 4000 State Delegates. Add to those numbers the democrats and the primary elections. Certainly the municipal elections didn't do any better in voter representation.

Bypassing the Caucus / Convention System will NOT create more participation. There are 4000 state delegates that spend countless hours vetting candidates to be on the ballot. They are selected by those that attend the neighborhood election caucus meeting. You just have to attend.

The current system does not protect the incumbent, wealthy or famous. I think that is a good thing.

Salt Lake City, UT

Based on the GOP party released sheets since 2000 for state wide races or congressional races, At a 60% threshold to avoid a primary, 47% of contested races went to primary. If at 2/3 threshold to avoid a primary, 67% of contested races went to primary and at 70% threshold to avoid a primary, 70% of the races went to primary. The last 2 numbers do not have to match, but they ended up doing so.

The proposal from the "Count My Vote / Buy My Vote" crowd wasn't just to raise the threshold to avoid a primary. It was to also remove multi-round voting or IRV and send all candidates that hit the lower range to the primary if someone didn't hit the higher range on the only vote. With that proposal, why raise the range at all?

"Fair. A system that provides inherent advantages to those who are incumbent, wealthy or famous is not acceptable." I agree and the "Count My Vote" proposals up to now don't follow their own principles. Perhaps that is why they deleted it from their list of 4 principles.

Fair Elections Utah
Keep the Caucus System

Moab, UT

At least we now know, with out a doubt, just why it is so important to Mr. Wright that the caucus be changed. My vote will never go to anyone who is working to eliminate grassroots participation in the caucus.

Salt Lake City, UT

A great homage to Chairman Wright today...What is wrong with going for National Party Chairman, Thomas??? He could replace Reince Priebus, who is usually drunk when he shows up for work every day....Good luck, Thomas, and thanks for the great leadership....

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