Count My Vote http://kuer.org en Count My Vote Compromise Heads to Governor’s Desk http://kuer.org/post/count-my-vote-compromise-heads-governor-s-desk <p></p><p>The Utah legislature has approved a compromise solution between the backers of a direct primary system and those who want to preserve the current caucus-convention system.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:31:08 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42983 at http://kuer.org Count My Vote Compromise Heads to Governor’s Desk Count My Vote Compromise Advances to House Floor http://kuer.org/post/count-my-vote-compromise-advances-house-floor <p></p><p></p><p>Members of the&nbsp;House Government Operations Committee voted this morning to advance a newly-minted compromise between legislators and organizers of the Count My Vote ballot initiative. But several members of the committee say they won’t support the bill when it reaches the House Floor.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:10:12 +0000 Whittney Evans 42880 at http://kuer.org Count My Vote Compromise Advances to House Floor Compromise Announced on Count My Vote http://kuer.org/post/compromise-announced-count-my-vote <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders of the <a href="http://www.countmyvoteutah.org/">Count My Vote</a> ballot initiative appeared with legislative leaders at a rare Sunday news conference to announce a compromise on the effort to replace Utah’s caucus-convention system for nominating political candidates.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 01:59:47 +0000 Dan Bammes 42831 at http://kuer.org Compromise Announced on Count My Vote Mitt Romney Supports Count My Vote Initiative http://kuer.org/post/mitt-romney-supports-count-my-vote-initiative <p>Organizers of The <a href="http://www.countmyvoteutah.org/" target="_blank">Count My Vote Initiative</a> can now add Mitt Romney to their group of supporters. If passed, the proposal would move Utah to a direct primary election system.&nbsp; But a bill moving through the legislature could keep the current caucus system intact.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:17:49 +0000 Brian Grimmett 42599 at http://kuer.org Mitt Romney Supports Count My Vote Initiative Congressman Jason Chaffetz Opposes Count My Vote Initiative http://kuer.org/post/congressman-jason-chaffetz-opposes-count-my-vote-initiative <p></p><p>Mitt Romney has endorsed the Count My Vote initiative in Utah, but Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT3) said Monday he is opposed to changing the state’s nomination process from a caucus-convention system to direct primaries. In his annual address to the state legislature, Chaffetz told lawmakers he could never have beat incumbent Chris Cannon without the caucus system. He said he didn’t have big name ID, and he didn’t have big money, but he did spend time talking with delegates.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:11:20 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42598 at http://kuer.org Congressman Jason Chaffetz Opposes Count My Vote Initiative LDS Leaders Urge Participation in Party Caucuses http://kuer.org/post/lds-leaders-urge-participation-party-caucuses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As it did in 2012, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging its members in Utah to participate in neighborhood caucuses for this election year.</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:17:21 +0000 Dan Bammes 42582 at http://kuer.org LDS Leaders Urge Participation in Party Caucuses Conflict Between Count My Vote and Utah Legislature Heats Up Over SB54 http://kuer.org/post/conflict-between-count-my-vote-and-utah-legislature-heats-over-sb54 <p>A bill that would exempt political parties from any outcome of the <a href="http://www.countmyvoteutah.org/" target="_blank">Count My Vote initiative</a> passed another hurdle Thursday as the Utah Senate gave <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/SB0054.html" target="_blank">SB54</a> preliminary approval.</p><p>SB 54’s sponsor, Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, says the bill is the ultimate compromise between the political parties that want to keep the current caucus/convention system and the members of the Count My Vote initiative that want to move toward direct primaries.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:28:25 +0000 Brian Grimmett 42414 at http://kuer.org Conflict Between Count My Vote and Utah Legislature Heats Up Over SB54 Governor Urges Caution on Bill to Counter Ballot Initiative http://kuer.org/post/governor-urges-caution-bill-counter-ballot-initiative <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah’s governor says the legislature should be cautious about interfering with a citizen initiative on how candidates for public office are nominated. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:05:28 +0000 Dan Bammes 42370 at http://kuer.org Governor Urges Caution on Bill to Counter Ballot Initiative Bill To Modify Caucus System Clears Hurdle in State Senate http://kuer.org/post/bill-modify-caucus-system-clears-hurdle-state-senate <p>A bill that would force political parties in Utah to change the current caucus and primary system cleared a hurdle in a Senate committee on Friday. &nbsp;SB 54 would mandate that parties raise the threshold for office nominations to 65 percent of the delegate vote – up from 60 percent.&nbsp; It would force parties to allow absentee voting at neighborhood caucus meetings and state party conventions. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:10:28 +0000 Terry Gildea 42185 at http://kuer.org Bill To Modify Caucus System Clears Hurdle in State Senate Sutherland Institute, Count My Vote Debate Merits of Direct Primary Elections http://kuer.org/post/sutherland-institute-count-my-vote-debate-merits-direct-primary-elections <p>Leaders of the Count My Vote initiative joined members of the opposition to discuss their ballot measure Wednesday during a panel at the Sutherland Institute Legislative Policy Conference.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Brian Grimmett 40855 at http://kuer.org Sutherland Institute, Count My Vote Debate Merits of Direct Primary Elections Campaign Underway to Change Utah's System for Nominating Candidates http://kuer.org/post/campaign-underway-change-utahs-system-nominating-candidates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A group that wants to change Utah’s caucus-convention system for nominating candidates began its campaign this morning.&nbsp; <a href="http://countmyvoteutah.org/">Count My Vote</a> wants to allow candidates to qualify for primary election ballots using petitions signed by voters.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:29:06 +0000 Dan Bammes 35591 at http://kuer.org Campaign Underway to Change Utah's System for Nominating Candidates