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Big boost: Mitt Romney backs Count My Vote
Elections » Caucus or convention systems exclude people, says the ex-presidential hopeful.

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Read Mitt Romney’s email

Below is the text of an email that former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney sent on Feb. 19 to former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, expressing his support for the Count My Vote initiative seeking to change Utah’s system for nominating candidates.

Subject: Morning thoughts


Thanks for bringing me up to date on the Count My Vote initiative. I want to tell you that Ann and I are supporters. Since the election, I’ve been pushing hard for states to move to direct primaries.  Caucus/convention systems exclude so many people: they rarely produce a result that reflects how rank and file Republicans feel.  I think that’s true for Democrats too.

Yesterday I read about the Utah Legislature trying to pass a bill that would nullify, in advance, the Count My Vote proposal.  I’m quite surprised legislators would consider doing that on a Voter Initiative. It seems to me if voters use a constitutional process to formally demand a chance to vote on something, the legislature shouldn’t interfere. I’m especially surprised legislators would interfere with a ballot measure defining how they get elected. It smacks of self-interest and feels very wrong.

I’ll encourage our family to sign the petition and you can count on us to help financially.


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