2016 Republican nomination delegate allocation

One of the positive changes the Republican party made in 2012 was to change the way delegates were distributed. Before, there were many states who wanted to move their primary or caucus earlier in the calendar year to gain more influence. Now the first four states serve as a winnowing process, but it doesn’t mean that a state that doesn’t vote until March or April can’t make a difference. South Carolina is the only state that is winner-take-all before March 15. It looks like Donald Trump is on his way…

Caucuses, primaries, turnout and Count My Vote

Personally, I remain ambivalent toward the status quo vs. Count My Vote. Call me a cynic; you’d be right.  On one hand I am realistic that any nominating system can be gamed and the choice is really between one form of gaming and another. On the other hand, I am intrigued by the big kick in the pants Count My Vote would be for both parties, and the absolute deserved kick in the pants both major parties have solidly earned for a plethora of reasons.  That said, the discussion of…

SB54 v. Count My Vote

Reform of Utah’s caucus-convention system is always a hot topic among Utah’s politicos, but 2014 has seen the normal controversy escalate beyond more than talk, as there are currently two proposals out there that would seriously alter  Utah’s political landscape. Right now, Utah’s election code allows parties exclusive control over the process they use for endorsing candidates on the ballots for a general election.  Both parties in Utah have opted to nominate and endorse candidates exclusively through a caucus-convention system that is uniform, even though it isn’t mandated anywhere in…