Neighbors meet together at local caucus meetings to elect their county and state delegates by consensus. There are more than 30,000 unpaid, volunteer delegates across Utah serving their communities for the Republican, Democrat and Constitution parties. Every two years there’s another election and a new set of delegates. Anyone can run to be a delegate within their respective party of affiliation.
The individuals behind Count My Vote and Senate Bill 54 and are wealthy politicians who want to remove the caucus-convention system so they can control elections with money. They can distract people from the real issues by using expensive mass-media blitzes to win elections. Through the caucus system all candidates are scrutinized and evaluated by delegates over several weeks. This provides a vetting process for selection. It also allows anyone to run for office regardless of their social or economic status.
Candidates answer tough questions posed by delegates to explain their views and positions on issues. Delegates are generally knowledgeable about politics and can get down to the nitty-gritty of the issues that an average voter may not dig up. They put in countless hours attending meetings and events to understand what candidates are saying during election; and ensure they are keeping their promises while in office. Politicians can’t hide past mistakes and wrongdoing because delegates are staying alert and reminding them of campaign promises.