If you want a better electoral system, ignore Count My Vote

I’ve long maintained that the Count My Vote proposal (and SB54 co-opting) are complete dumpster fires for the state’s electoral system. The entire fight is nothing more than using state law to try and determine who gets to be Utah’s kingmaker of the Republican Party label. CMV has done a pretty good marketing job to convince everyone that their king-making process, restricting ballot access to those with the deep pockets to collect signatures, is the superior way to do it. Unfortunately, the caucus system dropping their primary threshold down to…

Write-in candidates bombed because they lacked ballot access

Is there anything more quixotic than a write-in campaign? Wins are rare, happening once or twice every few election cycles out of thousands of races. When it does happen, it’s almost always someone who has high name recognition, and it more often than not involves some strange situations such as where one of the candidates has dropped out of the race. To their credit, some write-in candidates in Utah did pretty well last night, considering. The most well-known one, Bill Freeze, managed about 28% of the total vote for Utah County…