Utah_1 is correct: The caucus system actually favors the challenger.Recent efforts to change the system can be labeled "The Empire Strikes
Back"; both Party Establishments are trying to lessen the influence of
grass-roots activists. The Republican BigWigs have never forgiven the party
activists for kicking out Washington Insider FatCat Bob Bennett, and
they're vowing to never let it happen again.
I frequently disagree with lost in DC, but on this we agree. Even Utah Democrats
are too conservative to change. I think this state is even more of a lost cause
than I thought.
I think it's funny when all the lefty commenters on this board scream how
rotten the repubs are for keeping the caucus system, but their own party is
doing it, too.for the record, I oppose teh caucus system and favor a
We already have a "bypass" system. It is called filing as an
unaffiliated candidate. You go straight to the general election. So if Mr.
Jowers, or Mr. Leavitt don't think they can win if vetted by average
citizens asking one on one questions, they can run that way and spend the money.
Why should they be a party nominee if they are going to bypass the party?When people realize this "Count My Vote initiative will give them
less of a chance to participate but give media and power brokers more power,
they will not sign any initiative. This is a power grab by Lobbyists, and those
that want to run for office but don't believe they can win if vetted by
average citizens asking one on one questions.The 60% threshold to
avoid a primary works, allowing a shot of a challenger to eliminate an incumbent
and yet requires a challenger to be a strong candidate.
Why Keep the Utah Neighborhood Caucus and Convention System?The
caucus system in Utah is the best way to make sure a grassroots process can win
over large amounts of money. It is the only way someone with $100,000 can go
against someone with $2 million in election funds.We have a system
that that does NOT favor the incumbent, wealthy or famous. This is a good
thing.Our only problem with voter turnout is it has not kept up with
the population increase. The voter turnout keeps going up but not as fast as the
population. Some of that is the younger voters, where Utah has a larger
percentage of them and they aren't, as a group, as involved. Some of that
are those moving in and not understanding our system.If you are
going to run as a Democratic candidate, you have to comply with their rules. If
you are going to run as a Republican, you have to comply with their rules. If
you want to run and not have those rules, you can run as an unaffiliated or
independent, or run as a 3rd party candidate.