UTGOP Filed Preliminary Injunction Against SB54 [UPH Wire]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, January 5, 2015 Contact: Julian Babbitt Phone: 435.574.1560 MEDIA ADVISORY – UTGOP Filed Preliminary Injunction Against SB54 Salt Lake City – The Utah Republican Party filed a preliminary injunction against SB54 in the United States District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division. Filing the injunction is a key step in the Party’s legal challenge to SB54, as the law officially went into effect on Thursday, January 1st. “While I recognize that it is difficult to have this sort of relief granted, we have been able to demonstrate the…

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…

CMV & Utah Legislative Leaders Agree on Language

Maybe the deal wasn’t done, yet. Maybe there were details to finesse. Maybe exact language wasn’t worked out. Maybe constituencies need to be contacted. Or maybe Count My Vote was spiking the football before crossing the goal line. Whatever the reason for the delay, Count My Vote and members of the Utah legislature on Sunday afternoon finally held the press conference  (a first for Utah, but held at that time at Count My Vote’s request) to announce an alternate path to the Utah Primary ballot. For caucus supporters and the big…

Complaint against CMV signatures filed

Even after the blows rained on County My Vote (“CMV”) by the passage by the Utah Senate of the nullifying SB54, the enemies of Utah’s nomination system seemed poised to strike back. CMV promised to unleash an onslaught of media coverage labeling the Utah Legislature as something akin to jackbooted Nazis, invoking Godwin’s law all on their own. Meanwhile, the other boot was about to drop.

Count My Vote: follow the money

Count My Vote

In 2010, establishment beltway Republican Bob Bennett was seeking his fourth term as U.S. Senator, even though he’d initially campaigned on a two-term pledge. His re-election would have been in the bag in the general election, but first he had to go through the Republican Party convention to earn the party nomination. A groundswell of  Republican delegates, however,  were ready to move on, and they narrowed the field down to Tim Bridgewater (58%) and Mike Lee (42%), denying Bennett the nomination and ending his Senate career. Lee went on to…

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…