Your Vote Counts and Makes A Difference
There has been a lot of talk lately about making your vote count. Some think that the way to make their vote count is to show up at a primary or to vote on general election day. Although taking the time to vote is surely an exorcise of ones constitutional rights, running to a polling booth on your way to work or on your way home, and quickly choosing a candidate is not necessarily making your vote count, at least not necessarily in your best interest.
You make your vote count when you take the time to research the candidates and the issues, and then vote according to what you believe will most benefit you and your community, state or government. Utah has a unique way for political parties to choose their candidates, it is called the caucus system.
With the caucus, neighbors meet once every two years and choose people from their neighborhoods who will take the time to vet each candidate and the issues. This is especially important when there are numerous candidates running for the same position.
These neighborhood representatives are called delegates. A delegate should be an honest, open-minded person who will diligently seek to understand and then vote according to what they believe will best serve their neighborhood.
Does your vote count less if you delegate someone to vote in your behalf? Of course not! If you help your neighbors to pick the best people to represent you, you have already cast your first vote. When all of the delegates meet at convention to vote for the candidates that they have already vetted, your delegate exorcized your vote again. If none of the candidates in a particular race do not gain at least 60% of the vote, the top two candidates are advanced to a primary.
If a primary takes place all you need to do is learn about the top two candidates that have already been vetted by the delegates. It is a great time to talk to your delegates and find out who they believe will be the best choice. By using the information you receive from your delegates and studying the candidates and issues, your next vote will be an informed vote, and not just a quick vote for the candidate with the best marketing campaign or flashy ads on television, radio and junk mailers.
The primary will narrow down to the candidate that Republicans believe will best represent them in the general election. Your next and final vote will be for your candidate in the general election.
Don’t be fooled by anyone telling you that with the Utah Caucus System your vote doesn’t count and that the only way for your vote to count is with a direct or open primary. These type of primaries do not allow you and your neighbors or even the Republican Party to vet the candidates. This option allows questionable candidates to avoid talking to you and your neighbors eye-to-eye, instead, with the right amount of funding they can outspend the better candidate and take advantage of the last minute voter who rushes to the polling booth on the way to work or on the way home.
The Utah Caucus system creates candidate accountability to the average voter, direct or open primaries don’t. Utah has had a caucus system since our statehood in 1896. Our caucus system has allowed Utah to choose the best candidates to make our State the success it is today.