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Published: Friday, Oct. 25 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Provo, UT

It isn't true that delegates represented the voters when they ousted then Senator Bennett. If you look at the polling from that period voters clearly favored Bennett over the other candidates. We didn't get the opportunity to vote for him. Tea Party delegates ousted him. That is why voter turnout doubled over the next two election cycles. Voters were angry at what had happened.

I can't wait for Count My Vote to get going. Voters in Utah want to get rid of the caucus system.

South Jordan, UT

"It appears that your statements that the delegates not representing the people of their parties is incorrect when vetting candidates"

So your argument for why delegates represent the views of the people is to list several examples of when the people chose differently than the delegates???

There is no logic in that.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

In what aspects of government are you not currently represented by "delegates" or "representatives"?

Do YOU PERSONALLY vote on every decision or law made back in Washington? No.

Do you vote on every law or bill in the Utah State legislature? No.

Your elected delegate/representative tries to represent you (but usually ends up representing their party more than they do you).

Sandy, UT

Here is my issue with caucus representing my views....

If a delegate gets elected he is under no obligation to vote the way is precinct dictates. He votes the way he wants to vote regardless of his "precinct". That is a fact gentleman.....

Second, If you had Bridgewater, Bennett and Lee running and let the people vote who they want to run for the GOP ticket... would not that be a better and more clear indication of "who" the people want to represent them?

Murray, UT

This is a post from another thread:

This Democrat is going to register as a Republican so I can vote against Lee and for Hatch in any Primary elections.

And that is what will happen if we go to a full primary. The Utah democrats will register republican so they can liberalize the candidates chosen to represent the republican party.

I understand the frustrations of being in the minority, but underhanded methods like this are not the answer. Neighborhood caucuses are the best way to prevent this kind of fraudulent infiltration.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

When you send your representative/delegate to Washington... he is under no obligation and there is no way to "guarantee" he will vote the way you want him too. It's the same with a delegate/representative at the party convention.

We already have party primaries. Delegates job is to hear all the business at the convention (not just for a few big item races like Senate, etc, but also the nitty gritty stuff nobody's interested in).

It's no difference sending a representative/delegate to the convention, as there is sending a delegate/representative to Washington or the hill (the Utah Legislature). We aren't a pure democracy (and we shouldn't be).

You seem to forget that we already have a primary (where every person gets to vote, not just the delegates). You got to vote for Lee or Bridgewater. Lee won. Bennett could have been on the general election ballot (just not as the Republican nominee... because he lost that election).

Bennett would not have won even if he decided to put his name on the general ballot (IMO).

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Voter turnout has nothing to do with the way candidates are selected by the political parties. The thing that would effect voter turnout would be a perception by the voters that their vote would have some effect on the quality of representation in Washington.

When the party hierarchy is the only ones who select the candidates, then the voter votes as a matter of duty but there is little expectation. If there was an actual difference in the people nominated by their parties the people might have some incentive to bother coming out.

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