Who is Count My Vote and what are they doing?
Count My Vote (CMV) is a group of wealthy politicians and big-money donors who are working to dismantle Utah’s Neighborhood Caucuses and install a direct primary election system like California. The reason CMV doesn’t like the Caucus-Convention System is because it makes it more difficult for them to manipulate elections with big money. To date Count My Vote has spent: $2,541,720 to dismantle Utah’s Neighborhood Caucuses.
Why is a direct primary bad for Utah?
In a direct primary system money literally buys a path to the ballot by paying for signatures. Candidates are able to bypass any real examination that happens in a Caucus-Convention process. Instead, they opt for expensive commercials, political attack ads and gimmicky mailers that leave voters less informed. A direct primary also silences the voices of communities and stifles meaningful participation in the election process, allowing corporations and special interest groups to control elections. California is a great example of the negative effects from a direct primary. Average citizens have lost their voice and right now there is a movement to change California’s political system to be more like Utah!
Why are Neighborhood Caucuses good for Utah?
The Caucus System originates from America’s founding. It’s a truly grassroots-election process where neighbors meet every two years to discuss the issues and elect their delegates. There are more than 30,000 delegates around Utah serving their communities as unpaid volunteers. Utah has used the Caucus System for more than 100 years and it has led to Utah’s success! Here are some key reasons why:
- Gives citizens and communities a strong voice in Utah politics
- Removes money as the dominant factor and levels the playing field for candidates
- Facilitates the evaluation of candidates and holds politicians accountable
- Provides a way for women, minorities and average people to run for office
- Saves the state of Utah $18 million over the next 5 elections
For more information on how the Caucus-Convention System works click here.
Watch this interview of Utah State Auditor John Dougall explaining the difference in political systems between California and Utah.
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