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Doesn't like the 70% rule
The caucus meetings, held this past Tuesday evening March 23, 2010, are an interesting part of the political process. This is the beginning of the process that supposedly results in the election of the candidate who most closely represents the majority of the voter’s wishes.
Now for those of us who are not clearly familiar with the way the entire process works, let me try to explain. First, individuals willing to put their “hat in the ring” for a particular political office are required to fill out form(s) and pay the usual fee(s). I guess taxes are just kind of like a cover charge, and then if you want some service, you need to pay additional dollars, which they call “a fee.”
So now you paid your money and filled out some paperwork and you are ready to play the game. Perhaps you get your picture in the local paper and a short rendition of your reasons for joining the circus and away you go. At this point, no one other than you knows much about your stand on anything. So most everyone is assuming what your reasons for running for office are and your philosophy.
Now it is time for the caucus meetings. This is where voters come together who reside in a particular precinct to nominate and vote for delegate(s) that will attend the Kane County and/or Utah State convention.
Here is where, as I see it, the whole system can fall apart. At the caucus I attended, a large number of people were there, 65 I believe. There were some there who in the past have been registered Democrats. That got me to putting numbers together, and the conclusion became obvious. The caucus was “stacked” by various candidates with people willing to be a delegate and vote at the convention for them. Those candidates who do this attempt to get 70% of the delegate votes committed and prevent the need for a primary election. In other words, eliminate the competition.
This is why it is so easy for special interest groups to dominate an election, get their candidate on the ballot and the general electorate doesn’t even get to learn about or vote for anyone other than the special interest group’s candidate. At the caucus I attended, we didn’t get to hear who a nominated delegate was planning to vote for before casting our delegate ballots.
Do you really want just a few individuals with their narrow agenda voting in a candidate for you? I want to vote for my choice at the polls. This I believe would be the fair way to select our political leaders.
The big issue this year seems to be land use planning, and this is important to everyone. I do not want to see a house on every lot in the county and don’t want to have the government dictating my every move. There needs to be balance. I am just afraid I won’t be able to cast a vote for my choice, because special interest will have the whole thing locked up and done at the Kane County Convention.
We must be aware of Thoreau’s admonition against the tyranny of the majority. At a caucus, the majority may just not have yours’ and my interest in mind. Let’s hope the electorate does have a vote in November.
I already had my mind made up before the caucus. But I stepped back and took the time to speak with one particular candidate. I changed my mind. I will support him now and at the polls. Go speak to those running for office, see what their agenda is, consider the facts and vote.