In “Caucus, direct primary - both have merit” (Davis Clipper, Jan. 16) Bryan Gray presented arguments both pro and con for Count My Vote.
Let me add additional information in support of Count My Vote.
First, Mr. Gray is correct. Most Utah election winners are determined either in caucus or in a partisan primary election because redistricting has made most political districts highly partisan.
The competition for the elective office is NOT in the November election. It is in the caucus, the political conventions, and the June primary, if there is not a winner in convention. There often is a winner in convention, and the general public does not get to express their preferences in an election open to the public.
Second, as a member of the Utah House of Representatives for 16 years, I found my neighbors in Legislative District 19 to be extremely well-informed. Some days I would receive dozens of emails from constituents, and the sentiments expressed were very helpful. Public meetings proved to me time and time again that Davis County has well-informed voters. Yes, delegates also are informed, but opponents of Count My Vote fail to acknowledge that the general public can be just as knowledgeable as delegates.
Third, because most election districts in Utah are not competitive between parties but lean strongly to a Republican or Democrat preference (Republican in this county), candidates for elective office know where they have to spend their money. They will spend it where they can get a win.
If that’s in convention, that’s where a huge chunk of their campaign funds will go. The cry that Count My Vote will change elections so that only the rich can run is false.
Look where Sen. Orrin Hatch spent his money in 2012. It was in preparing for the convention and the primary election. City council candidates who do not have conventions and often have very large districts (the entire city) conduct great campaigns at a reasonable cost.
It’s time for each and every voter to have a meaningful vote. Political party delegates should not be making our choices for us.
North Salt Lake