Utah GOP Proposes Caucus ImprovementsOn Oct 27, 2013 Comments Off on Utah GOP Proposes Caucus Improvements
As you may be aware, a group of DC lobbyists and Utah’s elite have combined to eliminate the Utah Caucus-Convention system of elections. This small group of millionaires, lobbyists and media consultants wants to take away your neighborhood caucus election and replace it with a direct primary.
A grassroots group of citizens called UTAH FIRST has been organized protect the influence of your voice and vote and to preserve neighborhood elections. Your help is needed now!
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This is the political fight of our lives in Utah. If we lose the neighborhood caucus system, we lose the Constitutional representative republican form of government in Utah. This is the finest grassroots system in the country.
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Utah Republican State Central Committee: Improvements Recommended
On Saturday, October 26, 2013, I attended the Utah Republican Party State Central Committee, of which I’m a member, to vote on several non-binding resolutions to improve the United States’ last-standing authentic caucus-convention election system. Based on input from surveys and many meetings of SCC members who volunteered to participate in a Caucus-Convention Committee, these reforms passed relatively quickly, with the exception of one – same-day balloting, which was postponed.
The majority of the resolutions were no-brainers. Here’s a summary:
1. Change the name from “caucus night” to “neighborhood caucus election.”
I voted YES. It’s a more accurate and better description.
2. Add optional one-hour Meet and Greet with Precinct candidates (officers and delegates) prior to the Neighborhood Caucus Election.
I voted YES. It will shorten the meeting and provide neighbors a better opportunity to get to know the candidates.
3. Implement an electronic check-in system to shorten the time to 15 minutes – not mandatory.
I voted YES. It will streamline and make the evening go more smoothly. If the technology fails in a particular precinct, then Plan B is to use the traditional printed registration/sign in.
4. Provide pre-registration of candidates and attendees, though not required. Nominations from the floor would still be allowed.
I voted YES. This will encourage people to declare candidacy ahead of time, to reduce check-in time and encourage more informed choices.
5. Use a plurality with run off (two round) vote system, not mandatory.
I voted NO. As a former candidate in a state wide Senatorial race in 2010, and then a congressional candidate district-wide/multicounty race in 2012, it is unfair to use different rules for electing delegates county by county for one office. In order to be a fair election, it must be uniform.
To streamline the evening, an instant run-off voting system is best because it not only reduces last-minute shenanigans and manipulation but it also shortens the election time with a single ballot. Davis County has used it successfully already. In addition, this nation was founded on majority, not plurality, rule. In California, Governor Schwarzenegger was elected with less than a majority of the vote. This happens routinely in Connecticut. These are two state election systems that the lobbyists and elitists are recommending for Utah so they can buy our votes and control the elections.
6. Adopt same-day balloting. Ballots would be downloaded from the Internet no sooner than 12 hours before the neighborhood meeting convenes. Security precautions were recommended, with write-ins accepted. The ballots would be secret, folded and sealed in an envelope, affixing signature across the seal, with an official ID copied to accompany the envelope and verified by the precinct officer upon delivery. No limit was specified as to how many ballots one person could bring to the meeting.
This resolution was postponed indefinitely. I voted YES to postpone. This resolution needs an overhaul because it is ripe for fraud and manipulation. Even if the fraud factor can be fixed, it is human nature to go the path of least resistance. If a voter can simply download a ballot, deliver it to the meeting in an envelope and then leave and go to a movie, the purpose of the neighborhood caucus has been eliminated. More people will deposit their ballots than actually attend. And they will be voting before they can hear the candidates at the Meet and Greet.
7. Accommodate participation by military and missionaries who are out of state.
I voted NO. It was not clear how a ballot would be possible. Those who are out of state are typically temporary situations, and while gone, they can be represented by family with whom they can communicate. After the delegates are elected, the military/missionary can communicate directly with the their representative. The neighborhood election is not perfect, but it is far better than other alternatives in preserving the grassroots voices and avoiding control by lobbyists and media sound bites.
Columnist Ron Mortensen wrote an excellent follow-up here with which I agree.
Overall, it was a congenial and unified meeting and I hope that we will be able to iron out the wrinkles. If Resolutions 5, 6 and 7 are passed, the neighborhood election as we know it will be lost and the lobbyists will have won. The CMV agitators have also indicated that nothing the party does will make any difference in their effort to completely eliminate the grassroots elections.
As one who has been involved in a national movement to end early voting for many reasons, including increased voter fraud, I will not support any resolution that does not take every measure to guard against abuse.
The lobbyists “Buy My Vote” campaign is now underway to get enough signatures on petitions to put this issue on the ballot. I strongly urge you NOT to sign their “Count My Vote” (remember again – BUY My Vote) petition.
Those who want to preserve this system comprise a wide range of voters – Democrats, Republicans – including conservative and “establishment moderates,” Hispanic voters, and different lifestyles on both sides of the aisle as well.
We need your help to preserve our voices so that our influence does not get swallowed up in a primary election system, which has taken the people’s voices further from the candidates in the election process and has allowed lobbyists and big media money to limit candidates that are wealthy and famous. A primary system also protects incumbents, and if there is a bad one, it is far more difficult to remove and replace them because TV and radio ads will skew the truth.
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