Jeremy Peterson: The Plurality Problem: Finding a Majority Winner in the Wake of SB54

With the passage of SB54, Utah’s caucus/convention method of determining how candidates get placed on ballot was paired with a parallel method where candidates can be placed on the ballot through a petition effort.  The changes are scheduled to take affect in 2016. The old caucus/convention system provided one candidate per party by the time the general election came around.  In the event there was a contest at convention, a primary election would typically be held to select between the top two candidates vetted at convention. However, with the new…

Stan Lockhart: Utah politics: Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

In one of my favorite rock classics is “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who. It ends with the lyrics, “meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.” I can’t help but think that refrain is the crux of the SB 54 conundrum of the Republican Party. We are replacing the Republican State Central Committee, delegates and voters as the boss with more retail campaigning, money and voters. In the end, the voters are still boss. The Party insiders are incensed. They don’t like having to share their power. They…

9 Things Only Politicos Understand About Primaries

For those of us who have been fortunate enough to work on campaigns or be a candidate ourselves, many of the following will definitely ring true.  How we feel running for office How we feel when people tell us that we can’t win How we feel reading the comments section in the Tribune about our race. What we want to do when we ask our friends if they voted and they tell us that they were too busy. When we focused on getting the youth out to vote just to…

Ten Utah Races To Watch On Primary Night

Early voting in the Utah Primary ends today, and the Primary Election will be on Tuesday, June 24. With no statewide or federal offices grabbing headlines, it might be easy to forget that there’s a primary at all. But there is, and here’s ten races that you should keep your eyes on. 

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…