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…

Buzz: Legislators are considering instant runnoff voting (IRV) in 2015

Hot on the heals of the Count My Vote changes to Utah’s nomination system that in SB54, passed in the 2014 Utah Legislative Session, the rumor mill is churning with a possible change to primary elections as early as 2015. Our sources say that Republican legislators are mulling a change that would implement instant runoff voting (IRV). IRV is similar to the multiple rounds of voting method currently used in the caucus/convention system by the major political parties in Utah. In IRV, voters rank the candidates on their ballot in…

Can we improve elections and keep the caucus? Yes, we can

As you’re well aware, the Count My Vote effort is working to try and diminish the power of political parties in choosing their own nominees. In the process, they’re proposing radical changes to electoral processes that would greatly restrict ballot access and prevent many candidates from even running. While there is always room for improvement in our electoral process, CMV is merely a change, not an improvement. I’d like to propose a system of changes that would improve candidate selection while preserving the power of political parties to select their…