Junk the system or back to the future?At only one time for 10 years
in Utah’s history did the state depart from the Neighborhood Election,
Caucus and Convention System. In 1937, a powerful democratic state senator
convinced enough of the legislature to switch to an open primary. He had had two
losses, a US Senate race and also for governor, because the majority of the
convention delegates disagreed with his legislative voting record. But he was
well known and had money.Many at the time felt like an open primary
was his ticket to the governorship, and he did win. But the change in the system
only lasted for a decade. After public and media disillusionment, and even worse
voter turnout, Utah restored the Caucus and Convention System. Why go back?Our current problem with voter turnout is it has not kept up with the
population increases. 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. We need to
educate those moving in and not understanding our system.
Whether you like Sen. Mike Lee or not you should consider the following, the
delegates almost eliminated Mike Lee in 2010.re: Sen. Bennett in
2010. He was not in the top 2 coming out of convention. In fact the more
moderate of the two, Tim Bridgewater was selected by 57% of the delegates in
the last round of voting by the delegates. If he had received 60% Tim
Bridgewater would have been the party nominee and Mike Lee would have been
eliminated.Sen. Bennett endorsed Tim Bridgewater during the primary,
but with voters ticked at TARP and ObamaCare, they went with Mike Lee.Sen. Mike Lee was the party nominee after the primaryThe
Neighborhood Election and 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, the
wealthy or the famous. This is a good thing, and should be preserved.
It won't effect things one iota.
The house Republicans will seek political refuge here.