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Letters: Keep caucus system, it works
Feb 06, 2014 | 1172 views | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dear Editor, 

 The greatest benefit of “County My Vote” is it reveals the ideology of people we have elected to represent us as a community. 

Do these people believe in representative government by the people who elected them as their voice, or do they want to hang on to power they now possess, being in government office?

As a Bountiful resident, I want to say that Bountiful City Councilman John Pitt does not represent my vote. I was disappointed to read his article in the Clipper titled, “Count My Vote: At a theatre near you.” 

My vote does count with the caucus system which is the closet thing to a republic set up by the founding fathers of this nation. 

If you learn Utah’s history you will know we tried an open primary system and the people did not like the results. In a blog by Fred Cox, former member of the Utah House of Representatives: “Utah was one of the early states to get rid of the caucus system and voter turnout actually went down. In 1937 we changed it for a powerful State Senator Herbert Maw. He had two losses, a U.S. Senate race and Utah Governor, because the majority of the convention delegates disagreed with his legislative voting record. But he was well known and had money. Many felt like an open primary was the ticket to the governorship, and he won. After disillusionment, Utah restored the caucus and convention system.”

You can see the article in the Deseret News from 1946: “It appears we changed it to get a governor that wouldn’t have won otherwise. It took less than 10 years for everyone to want the caucus and convention system back.”

Who are we going to change our system for this time? 

Sincerely,

Krista Simonsen

Bountiful 

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