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Politics
8:13 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

GOP Delegates Rail Against Count My Vote Compromise

GOP delegates passed a resolution at Saturday’s state convention to defend the caucus and convention system. The issue likely forced one incumbent Senator into a primary election.

By a show of hands, delegates opposed changes the state legislature made this year to the nominating process – a compromise between supporters of the Count My Vote initiative, who want a direct primary election and backers of the caucus and convention system. But delegates like Michael Willson, say it violates the right of the party to exercise political speech.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Count My Vote Compromise Heads to Governor’s Desk

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.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Count My Vote Compromise Advances to House Floor

Members of the 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. 

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Politics
6:59 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Compromise Announced on Count My Vote

Utah State Senator Curt Bramble (R-Provo)
Dan Bammes

Leaders of the Count My Vote 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.

The deal preserves the caucus system, but it also allows candidates to get on a primary election ballot by gathering voter signatures on a petition – from one thousand for a legislative seat to 28-thousand for a statewide office such as governor.

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Politics
4:17 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Mitt Romney Supports Count My Vote Initiative

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a town hall event in Dayton, Ohio, on March 3, 2012.
Photo by Terence Burlij/PBS NewsHour.

Organizers of The Count My Vote Initiative can now add Mitt Romney to their group of supporters. If passed, the proposal would move Utah to a direct primary election system.  But a bill moving through the legislature could keep the current caucus system intact.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Congressman Jason Chaffetz Opposes Count My Vote Initiative

Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

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.

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Religion
2:17 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

LDS Leaders Urge Participation in Party Caucuses

  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.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Conflict Between Count My Vote and Utah Legislature Heats Up Over SB54

Couny My Vote Executive Director Rich McKeon
Brian Grimmett

A bill that would exempt political parties from any outcome of the Count My Vote initiative passed another hurdle Thursday as the Utah Senate gave SB54 preliminary approval.

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.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Governor Urges Caution on Bill to Counter Ballot Initiative

Utah Governor Gary Herbert
Utah Education Network

  Utah’s governor says the legislature should be cautious about interfering with a citizen initiative on how candidates for public office are nominated.  

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Politics
5:10 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Bill To Modify Caucus System Clears Hurdle in State Senate

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.  SB 54 would mandate that parties raise the threshold for office nominations to 65 percent of the delegate vote – up from 60 percent.  It would force parties to allow absentee voting at neighborhood caucus meetings and state party conventions.

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Politics
2:26 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Sutherland Institute, Count My Vote Debate Merits of Direct Primary Elections

Utah GOP Chairman James Evans, LaVarr Webb, Kirk Jowers, and Paul Mero participate in a panel on the County My Vote initiative.
Brian Grimmett

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.

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Politics
1:29 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Campaign Underway to Change Utah's System for Nominating Candidates

Supporters of the Count My Vote initiative rally on the steps of Utah's state capitol
Dan Bammes

  A group that wants to change Utah’s caucus-convention system for nominating candidates began its campaign this morning.  Count My Vote wants to allow candidates to qualify for primary election ballots using petitions signed by voters.

The group’s leaders include former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt and Norma Matheson, the wife of Utah’s last Democratic governor and the mother of Congressman Jim Matheson.  She says the current system leaves too many voters out of the nomination process.

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