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Editorials: No democracy in Utah ...

Published April 19, 2012 11:16 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Above: Leonard Cohen says, "Democracy is coming to the USA." (He doesn't mention Utah.)

- The 0.2 percent: System denies Utahns their voice - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

The voters of Utah have many choices before them this year. They will be electing a governor, a U.S. senator, four — count them, four — members of the U.S. House of Representatives, an attorney general and most of the state Legislature.Wait. Did we say "the voters" will be making these choices? Sorry. Not really. Never mind.For all practical purposes, the vast majority of those decisions will be made by a tiny minority of the state's voters.The Republican State Convention, Saturday at South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, will count only the votes of the 4,000 duly elected delegates. Only they, chosen last month in the party's precinct caucuses, will have a say in winnowing fields that include a handful of candidates down to one or two individuals. ...

- Conventions tickle insiders, but they aren't democracy - Tooele Transcript Bulletin Editorial... The private parties for delegates will really ratchet up this week with the Republican Party's state convention set for Saturday. There will be plenty to eat and drink. People will ask questions about important issues affecting them, and they will often get substantive answers. Promises will be made.There's only one problem: You won't be there. In fact, you weren't invited. That level of democracy is reserved for delegates, and after all, you're just a voter.

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- School board sham: Time to end undemocratic process - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

The superfluous State Board of Education nominating committee is nothing but an extraneous barrier between Utah voters and the people who want to represent them on the state board.The fact that the committee has decided to take out of the hands of voters the decision of whether to re-elect incumbent board members is clear evidence that this undemocratic process should be shelved. A direct, nonpartisan election should take its place....