Letter: Fix Utah's primary elections

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  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2019 8:41 a.m.

    The LDS church is noted for making decisions that the members must obey. Since 90% of the legislature is LDS, they still have the mindset that they can choose which of their candidates is the one you will get to vote for.

    They don't want "the people" making decisions for which they haven't approved. They know what's best for you.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 1, 2019 2:15 p.m.

    Fix it how? Utah's entrenched GOP politicians created this mess. The citizens pushed CMV. Utah's old school good ole boys are never going to stop trying to control their system.

  • kvs West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 1, 2019 11:17 a.m.

    This letter is a thoughtful comment on the flaws of the primary system. Because of the example he uses, I suspect he is a Keep My Vote proponent.

    If the author can apply his reasoning to the outcome of the caucus system prior to SB54, perhaps he can understand why the majority of Republicans felt disenfranchised by the pure caucus system much more than he feels disenfranchised by the primary system. Prior to SB54, a majority of Republicans and a clear majority of all Utah voters favored Senator Bennett, but the caucus system allowed a minority of Republicans to keep the rest of us from having a say. I applaud that a newcomer, Mike Lee, was able to have a chance in the system. But that the minority kept the majority from having a choice between Lee and Bennett is the reason that SB54 was passed as a compromise by elected Republican leaders who acted to avoid entirely losing the caucus-convention sytem. And this is the reason that if the Keep My Vote folks win in court, they will be winning a guarantee that the Republican Party will be fractured into irrelevancy in Utah. A win for KMV and a loss for conservatism.