Senate Bill 54 Explained

SB54 is a compromise between Sen. Bramble and the Count My Vote initiative. It requires a party to choose between two paths for narrowing down candidates to one party nominee for the general election ballot. All Political Parties Choose Between Option A or B Option A – Count My Vote: 2% of party member signatures required for each candidate to be placed on a direct primary ballot, choice of open or closed primary. This option is the default option for political parties.  It requires all candidates for office to get signatures…

The Folly of Senate Bill 54

Utah Senate Bill 54 has led quite a life over its short life. Initially introduced as Senator Curt Bramble‘s alternative to Count My Vote (hereafter referred to as CMV), it was initially denounced by CMV supporters and actively campaigned against. It even led to an open statement of support for CMV and denouncement of SB54 by none other than Mitt Romney. Last Thursday CMV announced that they had over 100,000 of the 102,000 required signatures to put it on the ballot, and within 24 hours rumors were flying that some of the top CMV backers were…

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…

BUZZ: CMV and SB54 supporters close to compromise

The word on the street, and on KSL News Radio, is that County My Vote and the legislators behind SB54 are close to a compromise that would allow an alternative path to the ballot and remove the petition requirement in CMV’s initiative language. According to reports on KSL, the compromise would retain the caucus/convention system, but also allow an alternative path to the primary ballot that requires 28,000 signatures for statewide positions and 7,000 for Congressional elections. The report said discussions are ongoing and the number are still in flux,…

Look! Shiny things! The Mitt Romney Factor and CMV

“Look! Shiny things!” In their quest to demonstrate the “will of the people,”  Count My Vote’s  Mike Leavitt, former Utah Governor and former US Secretary of Health and Human Services, sent an email announcing Mitt Romney’s support. Waiving the spectre of a scripted interaction by sending a screen shot rather than a press release, (and likely violating Federal “CAN-SPAM” laws), one has to ask: What is the political strategy behind a screen shot email? Why would Count My Vote not just send a press release? Does Count My Vote really…

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…

The Simple, The Complex, and The Convoluted – How Candidates’ Names Make Their Way to the Ballot

It seems it would be simple for a person to decide to run for office, and then for their name to appear on the ballot – and in some cases it is, but that is not the rule.  Here is a quick run down of the simple, the complex and the just plain convoluted ways by which candidates’ names appear on the ballot in Utah.