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Published: Sunday, July 21 2013 11:38 p.m. MDT

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Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

I think our best chance to change what we have now, is to change the primary to the 3rd Tues. in July. It is only 3 weeks, but 3 weeks could make the difference in making it work or not. It won't hurt a candidate walking a district, as prior to July 24th, isn't as effective. It seems to stay away from July 4th and the 24th.

No one likes the idea of county conventions on General Conf. weekend or state conventions on Easter weekend. I think James Evans did a good job of getting both the GOP in the House and in the Senate to understand. People need to call their Rep. or Senator to have them vote to move the primary to July. I know Thomas Wright tried in 2011, but the talk then was moving it to the fall, which is hard for the winner of a primary to still have time to win in November.

3 weeks is about the time we lost for the MOVE Act.

Utah GOP can pick the US President nominee on the neighborhood caucus night in March 2016 like the Utah Democratic party did in 2012.

Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

The caucus & convention 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 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. Also those moving in and not understanding our system.

We already have a "bypass" system, filing as an unaffiliated candidate. You go straight to the general. Someone doesn't think they can win if vetted by average citizens asking one on one questions, can run and spend the money. Why should they be a party nominee if they are going to bypass the party?

If you change the way our Utah primary's work, you could have two republicans in the general election ballot (or two democrats).

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

The whole argument is ridiculous. We already have way too much time spent politicing in this state/country.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

When they moved it from September to June years ago, that was a dumb move then for those that wanted to vote. There was a rationale for that move and it was probably for the incumbents to stay in power due to the proximity to the caucus or convention and not very much time for some that were new to the process and name recognition.

It never made sense for the numbers that went to the polls in June, even though you could get an absentee ballot. It appeared that Utah wanted to be in the limelight and to be as other states as the children of Israel wanted to have kings like other countries.

In the case of the last election it might have given the citizens more time to know about John Swallow and Sean Reyes to elect the right person, if they had gone to a primary. When you walk out of the convention and a handful of people vote in the Primary of the right group you end up with elected officials that might not be the best for the citizens.

Delegates were persuaded avoid a primary and publicity about GOP candidates for the general election.

Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

JWB
"In the case of the last election it might have given the citizens more time to know about John Swallow and Sean Reyes to elect the right person, if they had gone to a primary."

Actually, the Swallow/Reyes race did go to a primary. Moving the primary 3 weeks to the 3rd Tues. in July would give delegates 3 more weeks to one on one vet candidates which may have helped.

I am not sure Reyes was the perfect candidate, and the democratic candidate had ties to Ogden's apparent abuse of power by the police force. Looking back, Reyes would have been a better candidate, but that wasn't obvious in the month to vet him. Again, more time may have helped.

Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

RanchHand, perhaps in the US Pres. races, we do have too much time. For local races, no.

Bypassing the caucus/convention system will not create more participation. There are 4,000 state delegates and many more county delegates that spend countless hours vetting candidates to be on the ballot. They are selected by those that attend the neighborhood election caucus meeting. The current one-on-one candidate vetting by delegates cannot be done well any other way.

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 and it isn't by the neighbors you elect as delegates.

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 don't like those rules, you can run as unaffiliated, independent or as a third-party candidate. Count My Vote is attempting to change all party rules by changing state laws by initiative, thus bypassing the political parties and the Legislature.

VST
Bountiful, UT

Contrary to what has been said or alluded to in this article, according to my Representative, no one “on the Hill” is talking about doing away with or modifying the caucus/convention system. Furthermore the current June Primary date was established by statute back in 1993. In order to move it to a different date, it will require another statute to repeal the current June date.

It is my understanding the reason why it was moved to June back then was to correlate the Primary date to be more aligned to the Presidential primaries going on that month nationwide.

In my opinion, that was a dumb move – voter turnout significantly decreased plus no one nationwide pays much attention to a Presidential Primary in Utah anyway. It should be moved back to August or the first Tuesday in September, like it was previous to 1993.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

In the battle between Church and State, Church too often takes priority in the State of Utah.

Keep the party schedule as it is and make General Conference move.

This is an opportunity for Utah to demonstrate that politics, government, and economics are not ruled from the Church Office building.

E. Simnitt
Bountiful, UT

"Keep the party schedule as it is and make General Conference move."

That was not a very smart comment. Make the government tell the church (any church) how they should worship and what days. Yeah, lets "demonstrate that politics, government, and economics are not ruled from the Church Office building" and violate everyone's right to freedom of religion.

truth to be Told
Orem, UT

The GOP State Convention will take place 4 weeks after Caucus Night but Candidates will NOT have 4 weeks to campaign.

Under the current Republican Party Constitution, the GOP leadership may taka up to 2 weeks to deliver the COMPLETE list of delegates to Candidates running for office. This reduces the campaigning time from 4 weeks to 2 weeks. This constitution cannot be amended for 2 more years and the GOP has NEVER provided the list of delegates in less than two weeks.

Add to the mix General Conference week, Easter and 29 County Conventions that have to take place within those 4 weeks and you a recipe for disaster, no real vetting of candidates, delegates unable to do the jobs they were elected to do and one more reason to get rid of the Caucus System.

It is impossible for a Candidate to mount a campaign or visit 1000-4000 delegates within a 2 week window.

Something has to happen here; either caucus night is moved up, primary election is pushed back or the caucus system has to go. Take a pick!

A Scientist
Provo, UT

"That was not a very smart comment. Make the government tell the church (any church) how they should worship and what days."

That is an unintelligent comment. Nobody said the government should tell any church how and when they should worship. I simply stated that the Utah GOP should keep their schedule, and if it conflicts with LDS General Conference, then let the Church decide what it wants to do about it. Don't change the schedule for the sake of a Church - ANY Church!

Please refrain from misrepresenting my comments.

slave
American Fork, UT

Maybe what we need to do is remove the primary altogether and let the Parties determine and also pay the cost of determining who will represent them. We as tax payers spend way to much of our tax dollars for this process. The names are provided 45 days prior to the election and then we have the election. End of story. While we are at it maybe we limit the number of days that the whole process for the election cycle can include so that the people we elected last year can at least spend some time doing the job they were elected for instead of going directly to campaigning three months after they are sworn into office. I can’t help but wonder how effective the mayor of Saratoga Springs is when the search for money is already at hand.

RDLV
Costa Rica, 00

re:A Scientist

10:24am "Keep the party schedule as it is and make General Conference move."

1:53pm "Nobody said the government should tell any church how and when they should worship."

LookingatUtah
Idaho Falls, ID

Last year, during the primary season in Idaho, the LDS Church made sure that no activities or meetings were held to conflict with the caucus of either party so that members would not have a conflict with participation in the political process. One caucus was on a Tuesday night. It may have happened in other locations, but I am not aware.

Jeff29
Draper, UT

@ A Scientist,

You are missing the point. The LDS Church is not making a request and, frankly, this has nothing to do with church headquarters. It is simply an issue of whether or not to hold the convention at a time when a large number of people have other committments. If you want greater participation in the political process, you should make an effort to hold you events when the largest number of people can participate.

If your kid has a birthday on Christmas, you probably won't schedule his party on Christmas Day since participation would be quite low (and my guess is that Santa won't move the date for him). Whether or not you like it personally, the fact is that conference weekend is very similar to a holiday weekend in this state in that a large number of people have specific plans and it's probably not a good idea to try holding other major events.

sally
Kearns, UT

Those who are interested in voting will find a way to learn about who they want to vote for no matter when the date is. I would prefer the dates stay as they are.

hermounts
Pleasanton, CA

Interesting that it's mainly the GOP that's concerned about their convention conflicting with General Conference. Does that say something about the religious makeup of the two parties in Utah?

CPrice
Orem, UT

I believe the true issue is that a reason given for the switch was General Conference. The Republican party in Utah cannot allege that our rights and liberties are being destroyed by the Democrats in DC when they are not considering the rights and liberties of the non LDS population within the state of Utah. While I am aware of the large LDS population, as I belong to the faith, it is no reason to change a political event. Allowing this switch would open the doors for any religion to ask that election dates be changed for religious purposes. It goes beyond numbers, if the state legislature is willing to move an election for the LDS church then according to the rights given all other churches' congregations under the constitution they would essentially have to move the election for another church because their congregation would not be represented otherwise.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

CPrice said it well.

That is all I was saying.

Why the "anti's"?

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