Much has been written about Utah's unique (which does not mean bad) caucus/convention process. Often the discussion centers on claims that only the most extreme of voters participate, thus disadvantaging the "normal" Utah voter come general election time.

From my personal experience, this is completely false. Whether or not someone chooses to participate in the neighborhood caucus, and thus select a delegate to represent them at the convention, is purely a matter of choice. Anyone can attend and vote at the caucus of their party. Those who attend select the delegate.

If those "in the middle" want a stronger voice in the nominating process, they need to become part of that process. To choose to sit on the sidelines and then complain about lack of playing time is nothing but self-serving lies.

For those who choose to participate, the benefits are very real. By serving as a delegate when an open Congress seat was in play, I had the chance to meet one-on-one with many of the candidates, including eventual winner Rob Bishop. These visits allowed me to ask pointed questions and get honest answers in a way that will never happen with a primary system based solely on large public gatherings and media ads.

I took my responsibilities as a delegate very seriously, devoting many hours to such meetings. All Utahns benefit from the intense screening that takes place as a result of the caucus/convention process.

Drew Allen