Reforming Utah's Caucus System
Wednesday we’re exploring what’s at stake in the debate over two contrasting attempts to reform Utah’s unique political caucuses. One of those efforts, Count My Vote, is a ballot measure that would replace the caucuses with a direct primary to “increase voter participation and broaden engagement.” On the other hand, a Utah state senator proposes caucus reforms that he says will balance the caucus and primary systems. A panel of guests will join us to explore how the state’s electoral system can best serve its citizens.
- Kirk Jowers is co-founder of the Count My Vote initiative and the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.
- Holly Richarson is a former state representative, a conservative blogger and a current candidate for Utah's 57th legislative district.
- Terry Gildeais KUER's news director.
- Robert Gehrke reports on government for the Salt Lake Tribune.
- Christopher Karpowitz is the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy and an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University