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Trib Talk: Caucus or Count My Vote?

Published January 14, 2014 1:14 pm

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Except for the decade between 1937 and 1947, Utahns have relied on neighborhood caucuses and party conventions to choose which candidates reach the ballot. Caucus supporters say the grassroots process allows under-financed political underdogs to have a shot at election, just like those with fundraising strength. But opponents say the current system draws more people with extreme views, giving fringe candidates the edge at convention and leaving more moderate politicians on the sidelines.

On Tuesday at 12:15 p.m., James Humphreys with Protect Our Neighborhood Elections and Taylor Morgan with Count My Vote Utah join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to present arguments for and against keeping the current caucus-convention system.

You can join the discussion by sending questions and comments to the hashtag #TribTalk on Twitter and Google+, or submit comments in the comment section below this story.

jnpearce@sltrib.com

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