Runoff, ranked-choice or jungle primaries? Lawmakers consider options to deal with plurality

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  • J2 Riverton, UT
    May 21, 2019 6:21 p.m.

    Ranked choice is the best system for accurately representing the will of the majority.

    Because of that, it's quite unlikely we'll see a ranked-choice system implemented here in Utah.

  • WJDad West Jordan, UT
    May 21, 2019 9:43 a.m.

    "Instead of attempting to win in the crowded field outright, Thatcher said candidates instead ran for second place, trying to "not polarize" the GOP delegates by taking strong stances."

    I see trying to not polarize delegates as a feature, not a bug. Why not try to appeal to the majority instead of a few?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 20, 2019 10:22 a.m.

    we have had POTUSs elected without the majority of the popular vote and with a plurality. Don’t know that we need a majority

    M Richards
    I was gone for work last year, couldn't attend the caucus. What were my options for electing a proxy?

    How does disenfranchising those who cannot attend advance democratic principles?

    previously I have sent “proxies” who voted opposite of how I would have voted. As a delegate I voted opposite of how I suspect many in my precinct would have

    How does that represent govt of, by, and for the people? The closer the vote is to the people, the more it represents the vote of the people – as opposed to electing someone to elect someone to elect someone

    Actually it’s the GOP royalty’s princes that come from the convention and are soundly thrashed in the primary. SB54 takes the question from GOP royalty and puts it back in the hands of party voters. Thankfully the GOP was successful in overturning the open primary, which would have allowed others to help decide the GOP candidate

    Utah lost when Lee defeated Bennett in the convention. Don’t know if Bennett could have prevented the damage dodd-frank did to Utah, but he could have fought more effectively

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, UT
    May 20, 2019 8:41 a.m.

    The caucus system gave every Republican in Utah a chance to elect his proxy who would attend the nominating convention AFTER taking to each Republican candidate running for office. At the nominating convention, the elector would vote for the candidate that met his precinct's requirements. If the first ballot did not decide who would run on the primary, then more votes would be taken until only two candidates remained.

    Then Republican Royalty decided that because their Princes were not being elected, that they would change things. Now we have a corrupt mess that pits the people against Republican Royalty. Republican Royalty decided that the people of Utah were too ignorant to know why the Princes should not be elected, therefore they would chose for us via SB-54.

    You may have noticed that I only commented on how Republicans choose candidates. I am not familiar with how the Democrats handle the matter.

    There must be run-off elections until a clear winner has been chosen. No other method is moral.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    May 20, 2019 6:43 a.m.

    TAS - The problem seems to be where to put the post.

  • TAS Tehachapi, CA
    May 19, 2019 11:06 p.m.

    Keep it simple, first past the post wins the election, just like a horse race.

  • WeThePeople Sandy, UT
    May 19, 2019 6:17 p.m.

    None of these systems is a good idea. All they do is allow crooked politician's to play to the most ignorant and gullible members of our society.

    Utah had a perfectly good system, in which the wisest and most righteous people could carefully scrutinize candidates, and then tell the people who they should vote for. That wisdom created a just and moral society.

    We must return to honoring our chosen leaders, and following their teachings. Otherwise, our republic will fail!