A.G. says success of other initiatives proves process fair
The date for signature withdrawals should be the same as the date the petitions
are due. If they can convince a small number to remove their signature, there
should be equal opportunity to seek new signatures.
My biggest fear is this opens the door for intimidation and threats. As posters above have stated, there are drives to get people to remove
signatures. Imagine if that were an employer! An employee could feel like
their job was in jeopardy solely based on how they felt about Count My Vote.If you change your mind about signing a petition, simply vote No when it
is on the ballot!
@JBs:And I'm certain that signature gatherers were always 100%
honest about what effect the petitions would have. I'm sure they were
always polite and took "no" for the answer. Because nobody getting paid
by the signature would ever have any reason to deceive or pressure anyone into
signing something. /sarcasm@sgallen:It used to be by
county. Now it is by Senate District. The point is to protect rural rights by
not allowing urban majorities to run roughshod.This parallels
exactly the Electoral College, the makeup of the US Senate, and the process for
amending the US Constitution all of which give a voter in Utah a little
additional power compared to a voter in Cali or New York State.Our
entire form of government is based on the delicate balance between majority
rules and protecting minority rights. Geographic based representation and giving
some extra power to rural areas are key components of that balance, in addition
to the independent judiciary that can ignore the majority of voters in the
majority of States (31 States on a recent hot button issue) if that is what is
needed to protect minority rights.
I'm certain the people from Keep My Voice were polite and didn't try
intimidation tactics to get people to remove their signatures because they are
above those kind of voter suppression techniques. (sarcasm)
I don't know whether to laugh or cry about Count My Vote. It was clearly an
effort to make sure money talked in selecting candidates for the ballot.It was intended to stop establishment candidates from being
"primaried," a deliciously ironic term in Utah.But the
dysfunctional Utah GOP has made it anything but reform. CMV never settled the
question. It only brought voter confusion and lots of bickering over petitions,
caucuses and convention delegates.But, some lawyers are getting
rich.At this point, the movers-and-shakers surely must wish they had
never started the mess in the first place.
We don't get to "take back" our votes in the voting booth, why
should this be any different?
My daughter signed the Count My Vote petition. At least three times people,
always men, showed up and wanted to speak with her about removing her name.
Every time they were obnoxious and had to be told repeatedly to leave. Next time I will make sure I sign the petition, and when they show up,
will have the sprinklers come on, plus get a hose to soak them with. I wonder
if it would be possible to get a restraining order or a 'no trespass'
order against them.
I think the bigger issue is the 26/29 counties. A handful of people could derail
the will of the majority of voters